The myth of humane eggs
May is International Respect for Chickens Month, an annual project launched by Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns to celebrate chickens and the bleakness of their lives due to human use.
This year I would like to remember a group of hens rescued in July 2012. Some of their names will be familiar to you, in particular Joy, Flo and Verona. In less than three years since their rescue we came to know their indomitable spirits, their individual characters, how they interacted so engagingly with each other and with humans, the relationships they formed, how they lived, and how they died. Their personalities, rendered invisible among thousands of their commodified colleagues, came to light when they came home to Eden.
This video is taken as they first stepped onto Eden’s ground. Despite the poor footage, taken with the only equipment available to us at the time, this video exposes the myth that egg production can ever be justified regardless welfare guidelines or where they hens live before they are slaughtered. Of particular signficance is the hen who can barely walk because her body is so full of fluid (ascites), as well as extensive evidence in many of the hens of inflammation related to salpingitis (pelvic inflammatory disease) and peritonitis. These conditions are the result of being bred to overproduce eggs.
The evidence captured in this video justifies the call for a vegan world that will no longer breed these beings into an existence where their reproductive systems are so torturously exploited and where we to recognise them for who they are.
Are you vegan yet?
If you are not yet vegan please consider the price that hens pay when we view their eggs as food.
Click here to watch: Hens rescued from enriched battery cages