I remember a few years back when I was still just vegetarian, thinking that if my eggs were “free-range” it meant the chickens were running wild in large fields of grass. Boy was I wrong! For one thing, most farms cannot deal with chickens going outside, due to space limitations and high costs, and because chickens can’t tolerate certain climates.
Yet again, the corporate interest totally disregards for the animals’ wellbeing, even when customers are trying to do the right thing.
In some cases, free-range chickens are worse off than caged chickens. From the start, the male chicks are suffocated or grinded because they are useless in the production of eggs, while the females usually get their beaks painfully cut off without any anesthesia. The problem with beaks is that when chickens are packed into tight spaces, pecking at their neighbors can cut into farmers’ profits.
The space that females are confined in is much too small for the number of chickens that are jammed together. Imagine having to choose between two options: 1) being locked in a closet or a cage for years, or 2) being with over a thousand people where it’s impossible for you to move more than a few inches because you are squeezed one next to the other in a room that constantly smells of feces and death. The latter option describes the situation for creatures that are “free-range.” Which option would you choose? Does it matter, since either alternative would be terrible?
Obviously, being free and not conceived into a life of cruelty would be best. That is why I choose to be vegan. No harm done to a fellow being is always better than a little.
Also, too many animals are mistreated by workers that have total power over the defenceless. It’s hard to believe that someone would treat you well when he is keeping you prisoner with the intention of killing you.
Mistreatment is a standard practice in factory farms. Another is playing with lights to recreate day and night and starve the chicken for certain periods of time in hopes of altering the birds’ menstrual cycle and having them produce more eggs.
Just as “free-range” doesn’t mean “ethical,” neither does “organic.” In the majority of cases, the conditions of animals are exactly the same. The farmers simply charge customers more because of the extra cost of pesticide-free grains and for the fact that they were unable to fatten the chickens as much or to use hormones to have them produce more eggs.
If this article interests you and you want to learn more about the “Cage-free”, “Free-range”, “Humane” and “Organic” labels, please visit this website: humanemyth.com.
So many tasty vegan options exist nowadays that there is literally no excuse to encourage the chicken and egg industry. You may want to read another article I’ve written about excuses people make for not becoming vegan that lists the myriad of ethical food options out there.
No menstruation for me. Thank you very much!
Have a nice day, everyone.