I am SO sick of seeing Spark shill for this absolutely atrocious company.
Yes, this will be a vegan/AR post. If you don't want to read it, please back click rather than read and leave po'ed comments. You were warned. I do hope, however, that most people will want to know rather than just ignore it because it makes them uncomfortable...
Full disclosure, I don't like ANY egg producers and if I could wave a magic wand and take one animal based food out of the human diet, I'd pick eggs without hesitation. Yes, eggs before meat. Eggs even before veal. I don't support "cage free" eggs... I support egg-free diets. Even cage free birds are crowded, debeaked, force molted... and the hens for cage free eggs come from the very same hatcheries as their battery cage brethren.
Those same hatcheries were involved in the bad press recently when the general population was shocked to hear (from the United Egg Producers, themselves, even) that male layer breed chicks were killed upon birth by being ground up in wood chippers or tossed into plastic bags/dumpsters and left to suffocate or starve to death.
"Cage Free" eggs are a bandaid. It's a largely meaningless term that doesn't come close to meaning what the average consumer thinks it does. You think cage free and you see Old McDonald's farm with a happy flock of hens guarded by a cocky rooster pecking in a barnyard. Or out in the grass, sunning and dust bathing. You don't think this:
(note the sheared beaks)
Fact: "Cage Free" is an unregulated term. "Free Range" is also unregulated. Producers must have the hens have access to the outdoors. In many cases this means a small door in one wall of the shed that goes into a tiny concrete yard where only a handful of hens could fit. Organic also only regulates the food the hens are given - it must be organic feed: no pesticides/herbicides, no animal by-products. Organic eggs are still laid by confined, debeaked hens 99% of the time. How about pasture raised or small farms? Where do they get their chicks? If it's from a hatchery then the same things hold true for them as the larger factory producers re: male chick disposal. Are they still debeaked? Most of the time, the answer is "yes" to both questions.
But, more specifically, about Eggland's Best...
The company is being cited for false advertising.
Why false advertising instead of animal cruelty? Simple. Chickens (and other poultry - rabbits are included as "poultry" too, btw, which makes so no sense.) aren't covered by the Humane Slaughter Act. What is done to them can't be fought as it breaks no laws(!) Any practice that is "industry standard" (read: whatever most farms do) is not illegal. Even if it's blatantly cruel. Even if we'd be screaming bloody murder if it was being done to companion animals.
It sickens me that Spark would continue to give "Eggland's Best" this advertising.
I understand that a lot of people either don't know about egg production, don't want to know or don't really care but I felt the need to say something and at least offer some information. It's better than just flipping off my monitor or preaching to the choir at home.
I really don't care what folks think about this post or if someone gets upset.
The chickens can't talk so I have to talk for them. A little discomfort in a reader PALES with what the hens go through to put those cheap eggs on so many tables.
Tara asks, "please go egg-free!"
Even starting slowly by gradually reducing the amount of eggs you eat until you can phase them out entirely helps the animals. And, honestly, there are only two items I can't veganize due to them requiring copious eggs - meringues and angel food cake. Which are absolutely not worth hurting hens for, IMO. Period.
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