PETA calls for vegan candy at White House Easter Egg Roll
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is urging first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpFox News's Bret Baier posts vaccination selfie The Memo: Specter of vaccine hesitancy rises after J&J blow Trump says Prince Philip's death an 'irreplaceable loss' for UK MORE to add something to the bunny-filled festivities at this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll: vegan candies.

Including some vegan goodies at the springtime tradition, says a Tuesday letter from the animal rights group’s executive vice president, Tracy Reiman, “would allow all children — including those who don't eat dairy ‘products’ for health, ethical, or other reasons — to enjoy treats this year.”

“You've said that no child should feel ‘isolated,’ but some who are lactose intolerant or won't drink milk because they love cows and know these animals miss the calves taken away from them on dairy farms feel isolated from other children because they eat only nondairy Easter candy,” the letter to Trump says. “Would you please include them in the fun?”


PETA also offers in the note to send over some samples of some milk-free chocolate eggs to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. ahead of the April 2 Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn.

"Children have a natural affinity for animals, so they'd be horrified to learn that calves are babies themselves when they're torn away from their distraught mothers on dairy farms," PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement.

“PETA is encouraging Mrs. Trump to show cows and kids a little kindness by handing out sweet nondairy treats at this year's Easter Egg Roll."

It’s not the first time PETA’s weighed in on the annual White House event, which dates back to 1878 and it traditionally hosted by the first lady.

In 2016, the group appealed to then-President Obama and first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaGeorge W. Bush: 'It's a problem that Americans are so polarized' they can't imagine him being friends with Michelle Obama The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - US vaccine effort takes hit with Johnson & Johnson pause Biden, Obamas and celebrity guests announce coronavirus vaccination TV special MORE to “hatch a new tradition” by doing away with using chicken eggs at the Easter Egg Roll.