Feb 17 2011

Why I Don’t Eat Eggs


Part of being vegan means we don’t eat eggs. At first that may sound extreme, but after watching the video I’ve included in this post you will understand and may likely choose not to eat them as well.

I have to warn you this video is rough, but please don’t put on the blinders and say ‘I know this stuff goes on, but I don’t want to know’, or ‘that doesn’t really happen’, because yes, it happens all the time, and you do need to know about it.

The cruelty to farm animals in this country is astonishing. I cannot believe it continues to persist at the levels and frequency that it does, and I cannot believe how many people do not want to know about it.

Are we really that selfish that we can’t take a few extra minutes to make kinder choices in the way we eat?

Honestly, being vegan sounded daunting, but now I don’t even think about it and I feel so much better.

Not having a guilty conscience also helps.

It’s not easy, but please take a look at this video so you can see the source of where chickens and eggs in this country come from. Whether you’re eating chicken or eggs, you are contributing to massive cruelty.

This video is the result of an undercover investigation conducted by Mercy for Animals.

“For the nearly 150,000 male chicks who hatch every 24 hours at this Hy-Line facility, their lives begin and end the same day. Grabbed by their fragile wings by workers known as “sexers,” who separate males from females, these young animals are callously thrown into chutes and hauled away to their deaths. They are destined to die on day one because they cannot produce eggs and do not grow large or fast enough to be raised profitably for meat. Their lives are cut short when they are dropped into a grinding machine – tossed around by a spinning auger before being torn to pieces by a high-pressure macerator.

Over 30 million male chicks meet their fate this way each year at this facility.

For the surviving females, this is the beginning of a life of cruelty and confinement at the hands of the egg industry. Before even leaving the hatchery, they will be snapped by their heads into a spinning debeaker – a portion of their sensitive beaks removed by a laser. Workers toss and rummage through them before they are placed 100 per crowded box and shipped across the country.