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September 16, 2009

Take a Bite Out of IHOP's Animal Cruelty

The Humane Society of the United States

Update Dec. 14, 2009: We're pleased to give you the promising news that IHOP has agreed to begin testing the use of cage-free eggs, and, if successful, intends to switch millions of eggs from battery to cage-free within the next few months. The HSUS is cautiously optimistic about this, and has decided to place a moratorium on the campaign while IHOP begins the transition.

IHOP will give us an update at the latest by March 15th; at that time, we'll determine whether to continue or end the campaign.



Thank you all for your support throughout the campaign. This progress wouldn't be possible without your efforts! We'll keep you updated.



Please call IHOP right now at 1-866-444-5144 and urge the company to follow its competitors' lead and move away from battery cage eggs.

Then follow up your call with a quick email.


Update, Oct. 23, 2009: Scrambled: IHOP defends battery cages with report concluding that battery cages are not good for egg-laying hens.


Update, Sept. 17, 2009: IHOP weakly defended its cruel policy, and The HSUS rebutted its excuses.


IHOP's short stacks are long on one ingredient that few of the chain's diners might expect: animal cruelty.

An undercover investigation has revealed shocking abuses at IHOP's egg supplier. As you can see, the footage reveals filthy conditions, sick and injured hens, and birds forced to live in cages with the decomposing corpses of their cage-mates.

Each hen laying eggs for IHOP is confined in a battery cage about the size of a file drawer that contains several birds—giving each animal less space than a sheet of paper on which to spend her entire life. They can't even spread their wings.

It's hard to imagine a more miserable existence.

HELP HENS TODAY

Call IHOP now at 1-866-444-5144 and ask them to start using cage-free eggs.

Major restaurant chains like Denny's, Burger King, Wendy's, Quiznos, Hardee's and Carl's Jr. have already started using some cage-free eggs, but IHOP refuses to follow their lead.  

Consumers Demand Improvement

IHOP's refusal to begin moving away from battery cage eggs is inconsistent with its customers' opposition to this animal cruelty. In November 2008, in IHOP's home state of California, nearly two-thirds of voters passed the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, which bans battery cages throughout the state (with a phase-out).

IHOP is violating the will of the people with its archaic policy.

"Given consumers' overwhelming opposition to battery cage cruelty and the growing corporate movement away from supporting this particular abuse, there's simply no reason for IHOP to continue clinging to battery cages," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. "It's time for IHOP to follow the lead of its competitors and start switching to cage-free eggs."

Ongoing Abuse

The cruelties exposed in this latest video should come as no surprise. A 2006 HSUS undercover investigation revealed shocking abuses.

The new footage confirms an ongoing pattern of abuse and neglect in IHOP's supply chain.

What You Can Do

Please call IHOP right now at 1-866-444-5144 and urge the company to follow its competitors' lead and move away from battery cage eggs.

Then follow up your call with a quick email.


 

 

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