This Is Where Your Eggs Really Come From

By Paige Stewart

Imagine this: you’re stuck. You can’t move forwards, backwards, sideways or even upwards. You can barely breathe. You’re wondering now whether or not this is your last day. Hopefully, it is because you’d rather be dead than have to feel like this for a moment longer. Your insides hurt tremendously and you feel weak. You haven’t been properly nourished in any way, your leg is cut open and bleeding, the infection spreading. Realising the pain you’re in, you hope it is actually your last day. 

Not a pleasant scenario to imagine yourself in, is it? That’s the average life of an egg laying hen in a factory farm nowadays. Cramped into what is called a ‘battery cage’ which is no larger than the average iPad or A4 sheet of paper. 

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“But what about free range?” I’m glad you asked. What happens when we read the words “free range” is that we project our version of freedom on to it, which means running around in a field, spending time with our friends and family, not having a care in the world really. This is exactly what the sly owners of these big food companies want you to think. 

The laws for anti-farm animal cruelty state that the animals need to be “cage free” and must have “access to the outdoors” in order to be free range. Farmers won’t put the hens in a cage, but they’ll pack them to the brim inside a building with a small window on each side. There’s their access to the outdoors. 

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I could keep chickens in the cupboard under my sink and label them as “free range."

“It’s natural for hens to produce eggs.” Correct. Well done. Eggs - similar to those which female humans carry, when not fertilised by semen, need to be excreted. That is exactly what the eggs you’re buying are - chicken period. Yum!

It is natural for hens to produce eggs, but not in the quantities they’re forced to today. Once some of the fertilised eggs which the chosen hens lay hatch (and yes, they were raped in order to fertilise those eggs), they are separated by sex. 

The males, who are of no use to the egg industry, go straight into a macerator which grinds them up alive. They are then sold for cheap meat or thrown away. Or they are put into huge plastic bags where they slowly suffocate to death. Either way, the baby boys die suffering. 

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The unlucky females are roughly attached to a debeaking machine. Why do they debeak them? So that they don’t peck each other to death in the confined space they will be given to live in for the remainder of their torturous lives, this is of course only if they don’t die from shock when they are debeaked. 

Similar to that of the dairy industry, the hens are forcibly impregnated until their bodies deplete from exhaustion or until they develop sicknesses from being overworked. These can include cancers, tumours, and other reproductive organ diseases. 

Slaughter for these sentient beings means being man handled and hung up by their feet, their throats are slit and they are then immediately immersed in scalding hot water, often they are still conscious throughout the whole procedure. They are not stunned first before their throats are slit - not that that makes it any better. 

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Over 98% of the egg market is under the control of huge agribusiness corporations that run factory farms. Don’t think that buying ‘free range’ is saving these creatures from any sort of pain. They might, probably not, have somewhat better lives than that of the factory farmed chickens, but they all end up at the same slaughter house. 

If you’ve read my article on the dairy industry (which I strongly recommend you do), you would have seen that these innocent beings are, at the end of the day, reduced to nothing. 

There are so many alternatives to eggs as well as all animal products, which are so much healthier - and not a single living being has to suffer for it. 

Be the change. Go vegan.