In Honor of World Egg Day
Yesterday, an unsuspecting PR person sent me a cheery message, informing me that October 9 is World Egg Day, offering me recipes to share on my website. I think sometimes we are just put on a list of those who create food content and you would be shocked at the variety of animal torture people are trying to get this 25-year vegan to promote, something even just a quick glance at our URL should have prevented. In return, the PR person got a link to my story about the hidden cruelties of the egg industry and a couple of memes for good measure. Let’s hope for everyone’s sake I am no longer on her mailing list.
Simply put, laying hens are some of the most brutalized and invisibilized animals on the planet, especially curious as there are more than 340 million birds in egg production at any moment in the United States alone, with an average hen laying nearly 295 eggs per year, their very reproductive systems exploited and weaponized in the most cruel way against them to add to the more than 99 billion eggs generated in the U.S. in just 2019 alone.
In stark contrast, the Red Jungle Fowl, which is thought to be the wild ancestor of the modern domesticated laying hen, will lay between 10–15 eggs a year in the wild. This increase of 20–30 times more eggs…