The Egg Industry

The Egg Industry

At this moment over 300 million chickens are used and abused in a forced egg laying nightmare that will last the entire 2 years of their horrible lives before getting their throats cut.

Here are 21 things the egg industry doesn't want you to know.

 

With a burning hot blade the poor hens get a portion of their beaks cut off, unseated and within hours of their birth. Birds are in pain both during and after the procedure.

For weeks after this cruel procedure the little chicks will have a hard time eating and drinking because their cut off and injured beaks prevent them from achieving a normal food and water intake.

Then the little hens are shoved into tiny wire so called battery cages, which measure roughly 18 inches by 24 inches and hold up to 10 hens, each of whom has a wingspan up to 36 inches. Even in the best-case scenario, a hen spends her life crowded in a space about the size of a file drawer with several other hens, unable to lift a single wing.

Because the birds are stuffed together in such terribly confined space they are forced to urinate and defecate on one another, while they are actually very clean animals.

Disease and stench in these factory sheds is unbearable, so workers in these batteries get to wear protective masks and clothing. Many birds die. The ones that survive must live with their dead and dying buddies who's bodies are sometimes already discomposing and rotting.

To maximise egg production the light in the sheds is constantly manipulated and for a 2 week period the hens are fed a low calorie feed so as to induce an extra laying cycle.

Male chicks are worthless to the egg industry, so every year, millions of them are suffocated or thrown into high-speed grinders, called “macerators,” while they are still alive.

Under these inhumane and cruel circumstances of "living" under these conditions, the hens’ bodies are exhausted and they start producing less eggs. These “spent” hens are shipped to slaughterhouses, where their fragile legs are forced into shackles and their throats are cut.

Roughly 30 percent of the hens are suffering from broken bones as a result of neglect, osteoporosis, and rough treatment. Their emaciated bodies are so damaged that their flesh can generally be used only for companion-animal food, but some of this meat has been used in the National School Lunch Program for children of school age int he USA.

The good news is that cutting eggs from your diet is easy. Please do if you haven't already. 

There are many many delicious and humane egg-free options.

Check out a list of our favorite egg-free alternatives and recipes.