ANIMAL rights campaigners are urging the organisers of Stourbridge’s Easter events at Mary Stevens Park to switch to vegan eggs.

Ahead of the various activities taking place at the Norton park overt the next few weeks, PETA has sent a letter to the park ranger offering a donation of eggs made from dairy-free chocolate, as well as reusable plastic for the park's egg rolling and egg-and-spoon race.

The group claims their letter highlights the cruelty inherent in the egg industry, which confines countless birds to “severely crowded battery-style cages”, in which the floor space is “little larger than the size of an A4 sheet of paper”.

PETA director Elisa Allen said: “You can't eggnore the cruelty of the egg industry, which crams millions of smart, sensitive chickens into cages so small that they cannot stretch out even a single wing, let alone do anything else that comes naturally to them.

“By switching to vegan eggs, Stourbridge can help stop this suffering without sacrificing any of the fun.”

However, Debbie Merrick, park ranger at Mary Stevens Park, said she has not yet received the letter, but would be happy to accept PETA’s offer.

She said: “I haven’t heard anything from PETA yet, but we are always happy to work with anyone who would add something to the events we hold in the park.

“If PETA are offering to support us and provide us with equipment for our Easter activities then it would be wrong of us to turn them away.”

Click here for full details of all the family fun to be had at Mary Stevens Park this Easter.