By Kristen Johnson
It seems that we have some new “holiday” to celebrate just about every day……and today is apparently our day to celebrate eggs.
The first World Egg Day was celebrated in 1996 and since then we have seen a variety of wonderful events taking place internationally, with people enjoying and celebrating the wonderful versatility of the egg. (Thinkegg.com)
Not everyone may find something to celebrate about World Egg Day……
The environment may not find much to celebrate on this day of egg celebrations. It takes 2.29 liters of water to produce one calorie from an egg (more than pork). a 4-ounce serving of eggs has the environmental impact of driving a little over a mile. (Grist). Chicken production causes huge ammonia emissions, which cause premature deaths and high healthcare costs. Wastewater and compost from chicken carcasses can cause over-applying of waste to fields, and problems with water pollution. (Organicconsumers.org)
The animals may not find much to celebrate on this day of egg celebrations. Male chicks are routinely killed by suffocation, gassing, and other means because they can’t grow large enough for meat and they are unable to lay eggs. Chickens live in unbelievably crowded conditions, they are crammed in so tightly into cages that they cannot move their wings, their beaks are seared off without any pain relievers, and after their usefulness ends they are cruelly slaughtered. (humanefacts.org) For additional information, please read The Omnivore’s Dilemma, written by Michael Pollan a Berkeley Professor. It’s a fascinating, real-world look at animal abuses, including chickens and laying hens.
The organic, free-range chickens may not find much to celebrate on this day of egg celebrations. Just because there is a label on the eggs that says “humane” or “cage-free” or “free-range” almost certainly does not mean that these hens lived a happy life. Many of these farms are still over-crowding debeaked hens in windowless warehouses where they suffer in filth. A small, cage-free or free-range farm will not be able to feed all the chickens whose egg production has waned. They can’t profitably “retire” hundreds of hens, so birds that are only a couple years old will be killed by brutal methods such as slow and painful gassing, being buried alive and throat slashing when they could (and want to) live many more years of life. (One Green Planet).
Ditch the egg. Save the environment. Save the animals. Go vegan today.
Proverbs 12:10 (NRSV): The righteous know the needs of their animals, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
Serve all with love.
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