Dunkin’, the world’s largest coffee and baked goods chain serving more than three million customers daily, offers more than 65 varieties of doughnuts, including two heart-shaped specials for Valentine’s Day: Cupid’s Choice and a Chocolate Heart.
Sounds like a sweet deal, until you discover that these heart-shaped specials along every other doughnut offered by Dunkin’ are made with egg and dairy products from factory-farmed animals.
Where does Dunkin’ get its eggs? One of the company’s suppliers is the Minnesota-based egg factory farm Michael Foods, which was the subject of an Animal Outlook investigation in 2009 that revealed shockingly cruel conditions for more than one million laying hens confined inside tiny wire cages. In addition to documenting severe overcrowding, feather loss and untreated illnesses and injuries, our investigation revealed unsanitary conditions including decomposing and mummified corpses left in cages with live birds.
With filthy conditions such as this, it comes as little surprise that, according to USA Today, Michael Foods recently issued an egg recall in 34 states due to possible listeria contamination.
In September 2014, after hearing from thousands of you through an Animal Outlook campaign, Dunkin’ announced on its website: “You’ve Asked and We’ve Heard” – that the company was adding almond milk to its menu to “accommodate guests looking for a non-dairy alternative.” Dunkin’ now offers almond milk in restaurants nationwide.
But Dunkin’ has yet to offer a vegan donut for the millions who are seeking egg- and dairy-free sweet treats.
Please share your concerns with the company. Visit DunkinCruelty.com now and ask Dunkin’ to have a heart for animals by offering egg- and dairy-free doughnuts and other vegan options to meet the growing demand for more humane foods.