Can vegans eat eggs from backyard chickens?
This is a question that comes up a lot as a vegan.
The scenario is usually something along the lines of:
“Yeah I get that cage-free or whatever could be bad but what about If it’s a backyard chicken or at a friend’s house?
It’s a fair question and one that we wanted to explore with the help of Earthling Ed and his activists brand SURGE.
What would the problem be?
- Where the hens have originally come from. If the chick is bought from a breeder then you are perpetuating the industry and putting money towards it.
- Usually, for a female chicken to live, its male brothers have usually been killed in order for this to be possible.
Ok, well what if you rescue the chicken from a farm or elsewhere, then is there still a problem?
They have been genetically bred to product up to 30x as many eggs as they should. This puts a huge strain on the body and is unethical.
They also lose huge amounts of calcium in the production of eggs, which as the video suggests, the best way to reduce is to actually feed their eggs back to them, which they enjoy (This seems strange but is perfectly fine).
By taking the eggs from backyard hens, we deny them of the natural process, we commoditize them and we rob them of the nutrients they need to live a healthy life.
To see more points on why we shouldn’t eat backyard eggs, take a look at the video below.
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