Animal Advocates Call on IHOP to Make Us Cruelty-Free Pancakes

From health concerns to environmental problems and the suffering of millions of animals who are raised and killed for food every year, there’s no shortage of reasons to cut animal products out of our diets. As more people grow concerned with the true cost of these products, major companies have started offering more plant-based alternatives and now animal advocates are urging another big one to get on board.

In Defense of Animals (IDA) is launching a campaign urging IHOP to offer cruelty-free alternatives to some of its most popular meals, especially their signature pancakes.

According to IDA, IHOP has already been applauded for its environmentally-friendly initiatives, and for its Kids LiveWell program, which aims to offer healthier meals for children and their families, but it could go even further by offering alternatives to items on its menu that contain animal products, including meat, milk and eggs.

“We know that IHOP prides itself on environmental responsibility, and we commend its series of green initiatives” said Dr. Marilyn Kroplick, President of IDA, who is calling on IHOP to hold firm to its eco-friendly principles, adding, “Scientific consensus asserts that animal agriculture is the leading cause of environmental destruction. Adding healthful, plant-based options to IHOP’s menu would be an excellent way to demonstrate a real commitment to the planet, and open the chain up to millions of potential customers who factor health, environment and animals into their meal choices.”

According to Nadia Schilling, IDA’s Farmed Animals Campaign Director, the organization is focusing on urging IHOP to make its pancakes vegan-friendly, which could easily be changed by using plant-based milks and inexpensive egg replacers such as apple sauce, bananas or baking powder.

In all, if IHOP does make the change, it could make vegan-friendly pancakes and other meals available at 1,550 locations across the nation, and the suggested options look pretty good.
IHOP _The Same Tasty IHOP Breakfast - without the cruelty!_(2)As IDA notes, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Committee and the United Nations have also called on us to choose more plant-based options to improve our health and reduce our environmental footprint. Not only is choosing these alternatives on our part good for us, the earth and animals, it’s also good for businesses offering them. Research has shown plant-based dairy alternatives are projected to reach $19.5 billion in sales worldwide by 2020. Other research has shown a growing number of people are interested in alternatives to meat and eggs.

A number of companies have already tapped into this market and started offering their customers cruelty-free options, including Panera Bread, Wendy’s, White Castle, TCBY, Taco Bell, Ben & Jerry’s, Ikea, Starbucks and Chipotle. A commitment from IHOP to do the same would help keep it competitive among a growing number of businesses that are meeting the demand for alternatives to animal products.

“We hope that IHOP will match these initiatives and respond to this growing market by including vegan options as well,” said Kroplick.

Ask IHOP for Cruelty-Free Pancakes!

Please sign and share In Defense of Animals’ Care2 petition asking IHOP to start offering cruelty-free alternatives to its pancakes and other meals.

Related:
5 Companies That Made Ditching Animal Products Even Easier This Year

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