MEATY: A sausage, egg and cheese croissant sandwich from Dunkin’ Donuts.

MEATY: A sausage, egg and cheese croissant sandwich from Dunkin’ Donuts.

Donna Goodison writes in the Boston Herald that a national animal rights group is lobbying Dunkin’ Donuts to stop using eggs and dairy in its doughnuts and offer vegan menu items.

The nonprofit Compassion Over Killing has launched a campaign and Web site to convince the Canton-based chain to offer vegan doughnuts and soy milk as options in all of its locations.

The Washington, D.C., group – which objects to Dunkin’s use of eggs from so-called factory farms where hens are confined to small wire cages – hasn’t heard back from the company, according to executive director Erica Meier.

“Every doughnut that they currently have has egg and dairy,” Meier said. “We’ve encouraged them to open up their market to the vegan community, as well as those who are concerned about their health or who have allergies to egg and dairy products.”

Vegans avoid animal products, including dairy and eggs. Compassion Over Killing’s Web site,, encourages its 25,000 members to contact Dunkin’ and press its agenda.

In a statement, Dunkin’ said it’s considering using eggs from cage-free chickens and is committed to exploring “animal-friendly” alternatives.

“We have established guidelines that meet or exceed industry standards to ensure the proper treatment of laying hens used for egg production,” the company said. “We purchase eggs from suppliers that support our corporate guidelines related to animal welfare and meet or exceed the United Egg Producers guidelines.”

Boston Herald