When buying eggs, many people don’t think about the immense suffering a living creature had to endure. While it may be convenient to ignore it, the unavoidable truth of the matter is that hens are sentenced to an abysmal existence.
Like other farmed animals, these birds are treated as disposable commodities.
With absolutely no concern shown for their well-being, egg-laying hens are shoved into tiny metal cages.
Confined in prisons, which deny them the ability to spread their wings or walk more than a few small steps, they spend their short lives being exploited for their eggs. Eventually, once they’ve passed their peak of productivity, they are killed and replaced with fresh, highly productive hens who will soon come to meet the same dark fate once they, too, have been maxed out. And the cycle goes on and on.
In the words of Jo-Anne McArthur, animal rights activist who snapped this shot last year, “Spending sixty seconds looking into just one cage in these facilities feels like an eternity – as though not only an entire life was contained in that one minute but that existence was an endless loop of hen after hen after hen, pumping out egg after egg after egg, eating the same, unvaried diet of protein-rich corn and soy meal: every minute of every hour of every day until they’re no use anymore and they’re killed.” If you agree that this unnecessary cycle of suffering is sickening, we encourage you to align your diet with your values by swapping out eggs, meat, and dairy for humane plant-based proteins.
Image Source: Jo-Anne McArthur
_ One Green Planet
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