Eggs are such a common food and touted as being great for us, but should we actually eat eggs?
Now I have to admit, that eggs were the hardest thing for me to leave behind, but I did so for a couple of reasons.
The Egg Industry:
I think we all know just how cruel life is for the chickens who have to live in the cages. So let’s look at a few facts on the caged chicken.
- It can take around 34 hours for a chicken to produce an egg which means that farmers have to make sure they have enough chickens producing enough eggs in order to make a living. As demand increased so the space allocated to each chicken decreased.
- Battery cages allow a space no bigger than an A4 size piece of paper. And, because the hens are packed into these cages with anywhere between 5 to 11 to a cage,
- At the start of their life the end of their beaks are cut off with a hot blade – no anesthetic given (not all battery hens suffer this, but it is still a common practice around the world).
- Cages are usually stacked one on top of another which allows urine and feces to fall through to the birds in the cages below
- They often die in the cage and on some farms are left to rot. This does make you wonder just how much disease is coming through into the eggs.
These cages are being