America's First Lady Melania Trump has been urged to hand out vegan-friendly treats at the White House's annual Easter Egg Roll this year.
The yearly event, which dates back to 1878, sees people come together on the White House lawns to play various games.
Animal rights charity PETA has written to the President's wife, asking her to 'include dairy-free kids in the festivities'.
PETA President, Ingrid Newkirk, said: "Children have a natural affinity for animals, so they’d be horrified to learn that calves are babies themselves when they’re torn away from their distraught mothers on dairy farms.
"PETA is encouraging Mrs. Trump to show cows and kids a little kindness by handing out sweet nondairy treats at this year’s Easter Egg Roll."
2017's Easter Egg Roll
The letter, which was signed by PETA Executive Vice President, Tracy Reiman, said: "As you may know, approximately 65 percent of the population suffers from lactose intolerance, and milk allergies are the most common food allergy in children.
"To help these children (and animals), will you please give out dairy-free candies at the Easter event?
"We’d be happy to send over samples and suggestions for vegan candies for you to try, such as Moo Free chocolate eggs and Lagusta’s Luscious cream eggs. We wish you and your family a very happy Easter and look forward to hearing back."
Maria is the head of written content for Plant Based News. Also a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer. Her writing has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. You can follow her on Twitter @MariaChiorando and Instagram @mariachiorando.
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