April 4, 2007
c/o Kellogg Consumer Affairs
PO Box CAMB
Battle Creak, MI 49016
Dear Morningstar Farms:
On behalf of United Poultry Concerns, I am pleased to enclose eighteen letters from people who respectfully urge you to remove eggs from all of your food products and replace them with plant-based ingredients.
We applaud Morningstar Farms for being an industry leader in providing consumers with a broad and growing choice of delicious, healthy, animal-free products. However, we were dismayed and shocked to learn that Morningstar uses eggs from battery-caged hens in some of its products.
Hens used for commercial egg production have the worst life imaginable. They are crammed in filthy cages and buildings loaded with poisonous excretory ammonia fumes and pathogens, including Salmonella. They are painfully debeaked as chicks at the hatchery – not because chickens naturally peck each other compulsively, which they don’t – but because they are prevented from foraging and exercising their full normal range of beak-related behaviors. Moreover, the poultry and egg industries have lobbied Congress successfully and disgustingly to exclude chickens and all birds from coverage under the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.
As there are so many delicious ways to simulate the effect of eggs in cooking and baking, it is most unlikely that Morningstar would lose any customers by removing eggs from its products, while winning all of the vegan customers who would then eagerly purchase, promote and enjoy these excellent products!
Please remove eggs from your product line, and if you would be so kind, please respond directly to each person whose letter is enclosed in this packet. Everyone has included their mailing address and we all look forward to hearing from you. We hope for good news. Thank you for your attention and consideration.
Karen Davis, PhD
United Poultry Concerns
Poultry Concerns, Inc.|
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150