BY SOFO ARCHON
Many people, knowing how cruel the meat industry is, turn into vegetarians in order to cause less harm to the animals. They do eat other animal-derived products though, including eggs. What they don’t realize, however, is that the egg industry is as harmful as the meat industry, and perhaps even more, considering how inhumanely the majority of hens used for egg production are treated before they are killed.
Below are 21 shocking facts about the egg industry that reveal how cruel it is, and why we should put an end to it, once and for all.
Warning: Some of the images you are about to see are graphic.
1. It takes approximately 36 hours for a hen to produce 1 egg.
2. So to keep up with demand, more than 300 million hens are used by the U.S. egg industry every year.
3. Their lives are two years of misery, starting right when they are born.
4. Chicks are born in large incubators such as these.
5. They will never see their mothers.
6. Shortly after birth, the males and females are separated.
7. The females head to a life in the egg industry …
8. … and the males are either tossed into trash bags to suffocate …
9. … or ground up alive.
Over 100 million male chicks are killed annually by the atrocious egg industry.
10. The female chicks have the ends of their beaks cut off with a hot blade.
This is done in order to avoid chicks hurting each other due to their frustration when being confined in small spaces.
11. Five to 11 hens are crammed into tiny wire “battery” cages.
Every hen has on average less living space than a standard piece of printer paper.
12. The cages are often stacked on top of one another …
13. … which allows urine and feces to fall down onto birds in the lower cages.
Huge piles of feces below the cages is a common phenomenon on many egg farms.
14. Because of the terrible living conditions, chickens often die in their cages.
15. They are sometimes left to rot in the same space with living birds.
16. After about two years, those who have survived are sent to slaughter.
17. At the slaughterhouse, laying hens meet the same bloody end as that of chickens raised for their meat.
18. They are shackled and hung upside down …
19. … they are electrocuted …
20. … their throats are cut …
21. … and they are often scalded to death.
This list was adapted from www.peta.org
Chickens are sentient beings who are intelligent, social and sensitive–and certainly don’t deserve to be treated in this ugly, disgusting way. End this cruelty now by saying no to consuming of eggs!
Many people think that it’s good to eat eggs coming from cage-free chickens. This is far from true, however. “Cage-free” is just a marketing scam to urge people to consume eggs, by making them think that they are not contributing to animal cruelty. The reality is that, although cage-free birds don’t live in cages, the are kept in a giant warehouse, filled with thousands of other birds, which are not able to move freely and can barely see daylight. In this kind of intense confinement, the birds fight with each other to death, some of them get diseases, die, with their carcasses rotting next to the rest of birds. And what is their destiny, anyway? Sooner or later they are going to be killed, since, firstly, it’s not cost-effective to maintain them, and secondly, most farms sell their meat so they can make even more profit than by just selling eggs.
There are also those who are concerned with their health, thinking that eggs provide them with protein and omega 3’s that cannot easily be found in other foods–just another myth created by the vile egg industry. In reality, there are plenty of plant-based food sources where you can get your protein, including flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, quinoa, lentils, beans and nuts. Flax, chia and hemp seeds are also good sources omega 3s. Omega 3s are also found in camelina oil, leafy green vegetables, root vegetables, walnuts, winter squash, among other sources.
So what’s stopping you from stopping eating eggs?
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