Lies of the Egg Industry
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It’s no secret that, having researched “free range” and “organic” farming, I am less than impressed and feel that most consumers have been thoroughly deceived as to what such terms mean. Most people aren’t aware that “cage-free” chickens usually can’t go outside, that “free range” has no legal meaning, and again, doesn’t require that chickens have access to the outdoors, or that even “organic”, which is the highest standard there is, requires routine mutilation and death. (More here.)
That said, do I believe that it is better to live like this…
…than like this?
Of course I do. Both types of farming result in considerable and unnecessary suffering for the animals involved, but one is obviously worse than the other. Most reasonably sane people will be able to agree on this last point.
That brings us to the United Egg Producers, who, like most egg producers on the North American continent, are very concerned with keeping chickens in battery cages. Why is that? Because they CARE about chickens. Who knew?
Witness the profound absurdity of a company insisting that free-range chickens, who in the very best of circumstances, DO go outside, won’t have any form of shelter and will have to stand around in the rain.
Same thing with this brilliant attempt at fooling the public. Message to the public: apparently egg producers think you are unbelievably stupid.
Apparently egg producers also think chickens are unbelievably stupid, and will stand around waiting to get picked off by predators. I guess they haven’t read the studies which demonstrate that chickens actually have different ways to communicate where a predator is coming from, as well as how much of a threat it is.
As if chickens lay their eggs for us to eat. Even life in a battery cage does not destroy the chicken’s desire to create a nest for the babies she expects to have. Because battery cages are entirely barren, however, they don’t generally have anything to build with–no straw, sticks, leaves, etcetera.
On occasion, however, and because the cages are (literally) never cleaned out:
Face it, egg producers, chickens don’t care whether their eggs taste like wild onions or like cheap corn meal/flax seed mixes. They lay them for the same reason that all birds lay eggs–because they are expecting to have offspring.
My thanks to Suicide Food for bringing the ridiculous attempts of the UEP to my attention.