October 23, 2009
IHOP's Excuses: Scrambled
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.
In response to consumer emails asking IHOP to start switching to cage-free eggs, the company is responding with the following statement:
Numerous reports demonstrate the advantages and disadvantages of housing systems, and you can read more here. (http://www.laywel.eu/).
It's ironic that IHOP cites the LayWel Project when defending its exclusive use of eggs from caged hens because, as IHOP knows, the LayWel Project concluded that, "With the exception of conventional cages… all systems have the potential to provide satisfactory welfare for laying hens." In other words, the study found that the source from which IHOP obtains all of its eggs simply cannot provide satisfactory welfare for the birds.
The LayWel Project is the most comprehensive scientific review of hen welfare to date, and its conclusion proves what common sense already tells us: it's cruel to confine animals in cages so small they can barely move.
IHOP further states:
Like more than 95% of all restaurants, we do not currently source eggs from cage-free sources.
IHOP's 95 percent figure is based on all restaurants—including single-location "mom-and-pop" restaurants. With more than 1,400 restaurants, IHOP has a similar level of responsibility as other national restaurant chains—many of which (e.g. Denny's, Burger King, Wendy's, Red Robin, Quiznos, Carl's Jr., and Hardee's ) are now using some cage-free eggs.
IHOP should stop making misleading statements and join its competitors in switching some of its eggs to cage-free.
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.