PETA ‘hopping mad’ at Michelle Obama for using real eggs at Easter Egg Roll

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PETA easter-egg-roll/” target=”_blank”>has enlisted several little girls who are “hopping mad about animal abuse in the egg industry” to scold Michelle Obama for using fatty, hard-boiled eggs in this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll.

In a new video, titled “Michelle Obama, We Need to Talk,” the group of girls put the first lady in a “timeout” to “think about the ramifications of wastefully using thousands of hens’ eggs every year in the White House Easter Egg Roll,” PETA said in a press release.

“I’m not mad. I’m just disappointed,” the girls say. “Think for a second how many chickens had to spend their whole lives in a cage to lay those eggs, never seeing the sunshine.”

PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk sent a letter to the White House Tuesday morning, pointing out high cholesterol in the eggs that seem to contradict Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign.

“For chickens on egg factory farms, Easter is not a time of renewal or joy,” Miss Newkirk writes. “It can take up to 34 hours in typically hellish conditions for a hen to produce just one of the thousands of eggs slated to be used at the Easter Egg Roll.

“Furthermore, encouraging the consumption of cruelly sourced, unhealthy eggs is inconsistent with the goals of the ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative,” she said. “One single large egg contains more cholesterol than two Big Mac sandwiches do.”

She concludes: “I hope that after hearing their message, you will implement a new, humane tradition at the White House by using synthetic eggs that don’t require any animal to suffer. Here’s wishing you and your family a very happy Easter.”

Mrs. Obama is in charge of the event, slated for Monday. The White HouseEaster_Egg_Roll_Fact_Sheet.pdf” target=”_blank”>boiled 19,000 eggs for the event in 2012.

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