In Honor of World Egg Day

Or: Why eggs aren’t all they’re cracked up to be…

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Credit: VeganStreet.com. A lot of vegetarians say that eating eggs is okay because it doesn’t kill the chickens. But they’re not thinking about the millions and millions of baby male chickens who are violently killed shortly after birth because they have no place in the industry. Yes, even the happy hens in their quaint little backyard coops lost their brothers this way.
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Credit: VeganStreet.com. The egg industry sure kills a lot of babies, as many as 360 million a year in the US alone according to the USDA. These, of course, are all the male chicks who can’t lay eggs and won’t grow up large enough to be sold for meat, so they are poured alive into industrial grinders or stuffed into tanks where they are gassed to death. There are many excellent vegan egg substitutes out there, so eating eggs is pretty much completely unnecessary. We link to our source and math here.

“With no place for male chicks in egg production, it is estimated that over 260 million cockerel chicks in the U.S. each year are killed as soon as they have had their sexes determined by industry workers very shortly after hatching. In the U.S., the unwanted male chicks can be killed in any crude and cheap method available because they, like all birds, are not protected by even the very low standards of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act (commonly known as the Humane Slaughter Act): suffocation, maceration in high-speed grinders, asphyxiation and even stomping are all acceptable slaughter methods for these newborn chicks, peeping for their mothers but worthless to an industry.”

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Marla Rose is a Chicago-area writer and co-founder of VeganStreet.com and VeganStreetMedia.com.

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