An Overview Of the Ethical Arguments Surrounding Raising Chickens
By Tom Seest
When it comes to eating eggs, raising chickens for eggs is not cruelty-free. However, there are some things you can do to minimize the cruelty of keeping chickens for eggs. For starters, you can buy eggs from rescued hens. In addition, you can give away your chickens’ eggs to friends. Or, you can sell their eggs for cash to buy chicken feed and other supplies for your flock. Just be sure to cook the eggs only on occasion.
This photo was taken by TIVASEE and is available on Pexels at https://www.pexels.com/photo/red-rooster-inside-a-wooden-cage-10867295/.
Table Of Contents
Many vegan chicken parents prepare and eat their chickens’ eggs, but this practice is unethical. In addition to being unsustainable, eggs don’t contain essential nutrients for human health. In fact, there are many studies that show that eating eggs can cause heart disease. In addition, eggs are high in cholesterol and saturated fat.
The industry that sells eggs exploits chickens and subjects them to horrific conditions. These animals are deprived of basic needs, suffer debilitating injuries, and are killed violently. Sadly, even when eggs are produced from rescued chickens, their lives are still cruel. Many chickens are euthanized before they’re even able to lay an egg.
Even male chickens are cruelly treated. While female chickens are the most valuable part of the flock, male chickens are often ignored and treated like nuisances. Sadly, male chickens are one of the most mistreated animals in the world. Many animal feed stores and pet stores sell young male chickens, advertised as “pullets” or “young hens.” Unfortunately, these babies come from the same industrial farms that use the same horrific practices on male animals.
In addition to their physical suffering, chickens also suffer mental anguish. They show signs of depression and anxiety. This results in destructive coping behaviors such as pecking each other or fighting each other. These behaviors have no place in a vegan lifestyle. As a vegan, you cannot eat eggs or keep chickens in cages.
Although some eggs are free-range, you’re not guaranteed that they’re truly free-range. Some companies claim their hens are happy and have access to the outdoors. They don’t have to prove this, so you won’t know if they’re actually out in the fresh air.
Keeping chickens is a great way to get your hands on healthy eggs, but you’ll have to decide how to handle them. Luckily, there are many options to make backyard chickens ethical. You can either adopt a commercial hen or raise a vegan chicken from a chick. But remember that it’s important to be honest about how the eggs are raised.
Many people believe that keeping chickens is an ethical way to get eggs, but there are some ethical concerns that you should be aware of. For example, buying a brachycephalic hen from a breeder may cause respiratory problems. On the other hand, adopting a chicken from a rescue shelter is considered ethical if all its needs are met.
This photo was taken by Ravi Rajapaksha and is available on Pexels at https://www.pexels.com/photo/close-up-photo-of-rooster-11359897/.
One way to reduce your egg consumption is to adopt a rescue hen. These hens are taken from poor living conditions and are treated lovingly by their new owners. However, you should be aware that you must adopt them for the right reasons. To be a successful vegan egg producer, you need to adopt chickens that are happy, healthy, and sheltered from predators.
A hen that is prone to eating eggs may have a health issue or simply be bored. It may be difficult to break a habit, but debeaking the chicken will help to curb this behavior. If this does not work, try killing it. A chicken with a bad habit can be difficult to get rid of and will eventually consume all of its eggs.
Another option for going egg-free is to purchase chicken from a local farmer. Many egg-producing farmers treat chickens as mere objects and inventory. Buying from these farmers supports the exploitation of chickens; therefore, it is unethical to call yourself a vegan. However, if you are interested in raising chickens, you can learn about these options.
Eggs contain important nutrients that are not found in meat. Moreover, they provide high-quality protein, which will help a weak chicken recover. In addition, they are useful for the health of baby chicks. But if you want to raise healthy chickens, you must make sure to provide them with eggs only cooked. If you don’t, they will stop producing eggs for you, your neighbors, and for sale.
It is important to clean the eggs before storing them. This will ensure that there is no bacteria on the eggs. In addition, the cuticle protects chicks inside the eggshell, making it the first line of defense against bacteria. It also helps keep eggs fresher. You should not wash the eggs too often because this will destroy the bloom, which protects the chick inside.
The CDC estimates that one in every 20,000 eggs is contaminated with Salmonella. While this number seems high, the risk of getting infected with Salmonella is small. According to the American Egg Board’s Egg Safety reference, the average person will come into contact with contaminated eggs just once every 84 years. Salmonella can cause fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea and is serious enough to require hospitalization.
This photo was taken by Ninety Seven Years and is available on Pexels at https://www.pexels.com/photo/a-rooster-near-a-tree-trunk-11661220/.
Rehoming hens from a commercial environment is a vegan way to help animals. Hens have a natural lifespan of eight years and are often rescued when their bodies are no longer able to sustain them. Their reproductive systems are not designed to sustain them past 72 weeks.
This photo was taken by Mehmet Turgut Kirkgoz and is available on Pexels at https://www.pexels.com/photo/group-of-young-men-looking-on-a-rooster-standing-street-sidewalk-11683974/.
Buying eggs from rescued hens supports the vegan lifestyle in several ways. First, these hens have been rescued from the egg industry, and their lives are better now. They are no longer kept in cramped barns or cages. They now live free, and some of them even have gardens!
The rescued hens are not bred to be resold but are instead given homes in a loving environment. In other words, you’ll get eggs from free-range hens whose lives were once miserable. Because these hens are not kept for profit, they naturally lay eggs and continue to do so.
Buying eggs from rescued hens will also help the environment. Hens are often subjected to horrific conditions during their lives and are routinely killed after their duties. Furthermore, many of them are kept in confined conditions and suffer from severe deformities and even death. Many people do not even seek medical attention for these animals and instead replace them with new ones.
The hens are not healthy. Most of them are calcium deficient and have brittle bones. Despite the fact that they lay eggs for many years, they are not worth the space and feed these animals receive. This results in a high mortality rate and many of the animals suffer from injuries before they get to the slaughterhouse.
By purchasing eggs from rescued hens, you’re helping save the lives of millions of animals. Aside from preventing the destruction of the environment, you also help end the cruelty of hens and their suffering. Most eggs in supermarkets are produced by hens that have been raised in battery cages, and their lives are extremely short. As a result, most of them die before they’re even two years old, which means they’re only half of their natural lifespan.
If you don’t want to buy eggs from rescued hens, buy organic eggs or free-range eggs. These eggs are a more ethical option than buying eggs from M&S or a farmer’s market. If you’re vegan, you’ll be happy knowing that you’re saving the lives of animals that aren’t your own.
This photo was taken by Gkm Jerry and is available on Pexels at https://www.pexels.com/photo/a-chicken-with-brown-and-black-feathers-11706653/.