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Happy the Hen 💛🐥 #whywoodstock #considertheegg #worldeggday #vegan #feminism #womensrights #herbodyherchoice
Every year in the U.S. alone, more than 9 billion chickens are killed by humans for food; 450 million of those are chickens killed by the egg industry. Despite the misconception that consuming milk and egg products does not harm animals, both cows used for dairy and egg-laying hens are subjected to the same cruel practices used to produce most meats. These include intensive confinement; routine mutilations without painkiller; deprivation of natural behaviors; severe illness and injury left untreated; horrific transport conditions; and slaughter while still very young.
Slaughter of babies:
Egg production, like dairy production, begins with the mass slaughter of male babies considered useless to the industry. While female chicks can replace “spent” and slaughtered egg layers, male chicks cannot lay eggs and aren’t considered the proper breed for meat. Every year in the U.S., 260 million fuzzy yellow chicks are disposed of by suffocation in large garbage bags, ground up alive in giant machines that work like wood chippers, or sucked through a series of vacuum tubes to an electrified “kill plate.” 🐥
If you’re buying “cage free,” “free range” or “humane certified” eggs from a grocery store, there’s a good chance you are being deceived about the welfare of egg-laying hens. Because “humane” labeling terms are not meaningfully defined or enforced, suppliers are notorious for manipulating intentional loopholes in these loosely interpreted standards. In a recent report, even Trader Joe’s “cage free” egg suppliers were found to debeak their hens, which means the birds were also living in severely crowded facilities. Massive confinement operations, like Sparboe Farms and Perdue Farms, that confine millions of chickens in deplorable conditions, are awarded “humanely raised” certification through a USDA-sponsored fraudulent labeling scheme.
visit http://woodstocksanctuary.org/learn/animals-used-for-food/chickens-for-eggs/ for more info and references.