Continuing their fight for humane treatment of animals, the Humane Society of America filed complaints with the Securities and Exchange Commission and Federal Trade Commission this week against breakfast chain IHOP and their parent company, DineEquity Inc., over misleading statements made by the company. In response to the activist group’s national campaign rallying for the use of cage-free eggs at IHOP locations, the restaurant’s parent company released a statement asserting that animals in their supply chain are “cruelty-free”. The Humane Society, however, believes much of the statement to be blatantly false and misleading, leading to the recent legal filings.
“The only thing more jarring than IHOP’s false statements is the amount of animal cruelty in its supply chain,” stated Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS.
It looks like the LeRoys are still battling it out over the loss of their beloved Tavern On The Green. The family, which has held the operating license of the aging New York eatery for the last thirty years, have filed for an extension of their lease, claiming that the new operator, Dean J. Poll, may oust their employees during the holiday season.
In a restraining order filed Monday, the LeRoys assert that Poll is “seriously considering closing the restaurant for two years while he undertakes renovation work” in the event that he’s unable to prepare properly to take over the space on January 1st, when the current lease expires. In addition, the family is concerned that potential restaurant closing would unnecessarily jeopardize the jobs of 400 Tavern employees, as well as slowing debt repayment plans currently underway in the wake of recent bankruptcy filings.
Peter Ward, president of the New York Hotel Trades Council, which represents Tavern’s workers, said the union supported the motion. “It is clear,” Mr. Ward said, “that it is in the best interest of the creditors and the 400 hard-working New York City residents who work at Tavern on the Green and who certainly don’t need to be thrown out on the streets during holiday time.”