IHOP Still in HSUS Crosshairs


The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) continued its campaign against IHOP’s use of eggs laid by hens confined in battery cages.

The society launched a television ad campaign in California, home of IHOP and its parent company DineEquity Inc., denouncing the breakfast chain and its use of eggs from supplier Michael Foods.

“IHOP exclusively uses eggs from hens confined in barren battery cages so small, the birds can't even spread their wings,” says Paul Shapiro, senior director of the factory farming campaign at the HSUS, in e-mail comments to QSR. “Each hen laying eggs for the company has less space than a single sheet of paper to spend her entire life. Animal welfare scientists, consumers, food safety organizations, and sustainability groups are opposed to this cruel and inhumane practice.”

According to Shapiro, the HSUS is asking IHOP to switch to at least partial use of cage-free eggs, as several major chains, including Quiznos, Wendy’s, and Burger King, have done.

“It's understandable that changes in large restaurant chains can't happen overnight, which is why we applaud restaurants for taking steps in the right direction,” Shapiro says. “In IHOP's case, the company exclusively uses eggs from caged hens [in] extreme confinement that consumers find unacceptable and that's fast becoming illegal in the U.S.”

Both California and Michigan have passed statewide propositions that mandate the eventual phase-out of the use of battery cages on egg farms.

As a response to the HSUS campaign, Dan Ischy, senior manager of communications for IHOP, provided the following statement to QSR: “IHOP is against animal cruelty and has supplier standards in place to ensure the dignified, humane treatment of animals. We support additional studies to be conducted by the Coalition for a Sustainable Egg Supply (CSES) on how best to house hens and remain open to the scientific-based outcomes of these reports. The objective of CSES is a balanced and holistic evaluation of egg production including environmental impact, food safety and affordability, workplace safety, and animal care and well-being.”

By Sam Oches

News and information presented in this release has not been corroborated by FSR, Food News Media, or Journalistic, Inc.


So many studies have already been done that show we risk public health more by going with free roaming chickens. Already European studies and Asian studies show that free roaming chickens and their eggs contain more cancer causing toxic pcbs and chemical agents as they will eat anything off the ground. The agricultural colleges supported the move to caged and housed  chickens to prevent the spread of diseased meat and eggs which were very common in free roaming chickens. Also it was done to cut the death rate of chickens pecking each other to death.  If one has ever raised chickens you will note that they will gang up upon each other for no particular reason no matter how much room they have to roam. But there are studies that show increased disease, toxic chemical contamination of eggs and meat from free roamers plus they often suffer more stress levels from having to search all day for food. HSUS, SPCA and PeTA are not for animals as they have led people to believe, but they are against all use of animals for food, medical research, and as pets. Their goal is not to improve the lives of domestic animals but to eliminate them from the face of this earth. Read their own words and note that their actions are to make raising chickens not better but illegal. In California they have not approved any type of furnished cages for raising chickens at all. 

7 Things You Didn’t Know About HSUS(The Humane Society of the United States)1. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is a “humane society” in name only, since it doesn’t operate a single pet shelter or pet adoption facility anywhere in the United States. HSUS operates sanctuaries for large animals only, not shelters within the commonly accepted definition of shelter. During 2006, HSUS contributed only 4.2 percent of its budget to organizations that operate hands-on dog and cat shelters. In reality, HSUS is a wealthy animal-rights lobbying organization (the largest and richest on earth) that agitates for the same goals as PETA and other radical groups.2. Beginning on the day of NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s2007 dog fighting indictment, HSUS raised money online with the false promise that it would “care for the dogs seized in the Michael Vick case.” The New York Times later reported that HSUS wasn’t caring for Vick’s dogs at all. And HSUS president Wayne Pacelle told the Times that his group recommended that government officials “put down” (that is, kill) the dogs rather than adopt them out to suitable homes. HSUS later quietly altered its Internet fundraising pitch.3. HSUS’s senior management includes a former spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), a criminal group designated as “terrorists” by the FBI. HSUS president Wayne Pacelle hired John “J.P.” Goodwin in 1997, the same year Goodwin described himself as “spokesperson for the ALF” while he fielded media calls in the wake of an ALF arson attack at a California veal processing plant. In 1997, when asked by reporters for a reaction to an ALF arson fire at a farmer’s feed co-op in Utah (which nearly killed a family sleeping on the premises), Goodwin replied, “We’re ecstatic.” That same year, Goodwin was arrested at a UC Davis protest celebrating the 10-year anniversary of an ALF arson at the university that caused $5 million in damage. And in 1998, Goodwin described himself publicly as a “former member of ALF.”4.HSUS raised a reported $34 million in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, supposedly to help reunite lost pets with their owners. But comparatively little of that money was spent for its intended purpose. Louisiana’s Attorney General shuttered his 18-month-long investigation into where most of these millions went, shortly after HSUS announced its plan to contribute $600,000 toward the construction of an animal shelter on the grounds of a state prison. Public disclosures of the disposition of the $34 million in Katrina-related donations add up to less than $7 million.5. After gathering undercover video footage of improper animal handling at a Chino, CA slaughterhouse during November of 2007, HSUS sat on its video evidence for three months, even refusing to share it with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. HSUS’s Dr. Michael Greger testified before Congress that the San Bernardino County (CA) District Attorney’s office asked the group “to hold on to the information while they completed their investigation.” But the District Attorney’s office quickly denied that account, even declaring that HSUS refused to make its undercover spy available to investigators if the USDA were present at those meetings. Ultimately, HSUS chose to release its video footage at a more politically opportune time, as it prepared to launch a livestock-related ballot campaign in California. Meanwhile, meat from the slaughterhouse continued to flow into the U.S. food supply for months.6. According to a 2008 Los Angeles Times investigation, less than 12 percent of money raised for HSUS by California telemarketers actually ends up in HSUS’s bank account. The rest is kept by professional fundraisers. And if you exclude two campaigns run for HSUS by the “Build-a-Bear Workshop” retail chain, which consisted of the sale of surplus stuffed animals (not really “fundraising”), HSUS’s yield number shrinks to just 3 percent. Sadly, this appears typical. In 2004, HSUS ran a telemarketing campaign in Connecticut with fundraisers who promised to return a minimum of zero percent of the proceeds. The campaign raised over $1.4 million. Not only did absolutely none of that money go to HSUS, but the group paid $175,000 for the telemarketing work.7. Research shows that HSUS’s heavily promoted U.S. “boycott” of Canadian seafood—announced in 2005 as a protest against Canada’s annual seal hunt—is a phony exercise in media manipulation. A 2006 investigation found that 78 percent of the restaurants and seafood distributors described by HSUS as “boycotters” weren’t participating at all. Nearly two-thirds of them told surveyors they were completely unaware HSUS was using their names in connection with an international boycott campaign. Canada’s federal government is on record about this deception, saying: “Some animal rights groups have been misleading the public for years … it’s no surprise at all that the richest of them would mislead the public with a phony seafood boycott.”Want evidence? Visit www.humanewatch.comwww.AnimalScam.com www.ActivistCash.com www.consumerfreedom.comRevised October 2008. Complete sources and documentation available upon request.

remind me to eat at IHOP more often... I like people who won't be bullied

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