The egg industry has quite successfully hidden the cruel elements of egg production from the eyes of the general public. That is why many of us continue to consume eggs without a second thought, ignorant of the cruelty inflicted upon chicks and chickens.
Now I’ll explain organic, free range, barn laid and cage hen raising conditions with regard to the disadvantages of each system.
Please note that regardless of the hen raising condition, the following 2 points occur:
*Male chicks are killed at birth. Half of all chicks born for the replacement of worn out chickens are males. As they are considered worthless ‘waste products’ by the egg industry, they are either grinded up alive or gassed to death on their first day of life.
*Hens are sent to slaughter when their egg production slows (from as young as 18 months old). These chickens can live a natural lifespan of on average 8 years and up to 10 years.
Confined to cages, no space to move, can be ‘debeaked’, no nest/perch, no access to outdoors
Due to the vast number of cages and chickens, sick and injured chickens often go unnoticed and therefore may not be cared for. Lack of exercise and calcium deficiency from continual egg laying may lead to weak and broken bones. ‘Debeaking’ is a process involving the removal of the tip of a chicken’s beak to prevent chickens from pecking at the feathers of other chickens out of frustration. This painful process is often done with no pain relief.
Restricted space to move, can be ‘debeaked’, no access to outdoors
Maybe can be ‘debeaked’ depending on certification body
Egg alternatives for cooking include:
- Tofu: Scrambled tofu
- Chickpea flour: Chickpea flour omelette
- Orgran vegan easy egg=15 eggs: Scrambled eggs, omelette, frittata, quiche
Egg alternatives for baking include:
- 1tbsp ground flax seed & 3tbsp water
- 1/4 cup silken tofu
- 1/4 cup mashed banana (about 1/2 a banana)
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup soy or coconut yoghurt
- Orgran ‘no egg’ egg replacer=66 eggs: Cakes, muffins, meringues