In a move that has me stunned, The Humane Society of the United States has launched an animal-welfare campaign using footage from a recent investigation at an egg-laying facility.
The HSUS is using Compassion Over Killing's video of cruelty to hens to urge the International House of Pancakes to use cage-free eggs.
When I first learned of this campaign, I assumed The HSUS was stealing COK's spotlight by releasing its own investigation one day after theirs. In actuality, though, COK evidently gave The HSUS permission to use its footage, which baffles me.
COK launched a strong campaign yesterday with its video of hens crowded into cages with decomposing corpses. Michael Foods, the egg-laying facility, supplies eggs to Dunkin' Donuts and many restaurant chains.
COK urged people to contact the doughnut chain and ask them to start making vegan doughnuts, thereby not using eggs or animals' milk. The Washington, D.C.-based animal-rights group also encouraged people to post the video's link on Dunkin' Donuts' Facebook page, and many did.
Today, though, while people are still posting that link, some are asking Dunkin' to start using cage-free eggs. I wonder if that has anything to do with the campaign The HSUS launched today.
To its credit COK was clear in its request to video viewers. The campaign's "Act Now" page says the following: "Compassion Over Killing is asking you to contact Dunkin' Donuts urging the company to stop using eggs & dairy!"
Just one day later, though, The HSUS is sending mixed signals. Nowhere on its campaign page does it mention going vegan or asking IHOP to make vegan pancakes or French toast. The behemoth animal group makes this weak plea: "Tell IHOP to follow its competitors' lead and start switching away from battery-cage eggs."
To me, The HSUS is saying, "Ah, forget about going vegan and all that radical stuff. Just buy cage-free eggs." What kind of message is that to send -- especially just one day after COK released its vegan campaign?
Now, I'm not a fan of criticizing people or organizations that are trying to help animals. But The HSUS should have remained on the sidelines on this one (yeah, perhaps that's a subconscious Vick remark), and let COK run with the ball.
For those readers who don't know what's wrong with cage-free eggs, visit HumaneMyth.org. The hens -- whether they live in battery cages or in "cage-free" facilities -- all end up at the same cruel slaughterhouse after their egg production wanes.
(Image courtesy of HumaneMyth.org.)