You may have heard about puppy mills and other types of facilities where thousands or hundreds of animals suffer and are bred for profit without consideration of any kind.
Why is the egg industry cruel?
But what about the egg industry? Why is the egg industry cruel? Today we are going to address this topic and provide you with some gruesome facts about the harsh egg industry.
Animal cruelty at its best!
Few things come as close in terms of animal cruelty as the egg industry. The gruesome procedures, living conditions, and the norm are disgusting, to say the least(1).
Many of these facilities have tried to hide their doings, but they were caught in action by hidden cameras. Regardless of this, the egg industry still prospers with an iron fist and unmatched cruelty.
Take this into consideration. Hundreds of millions of chickens are used each year for their eggs and endure two years of hellish torture, being disposed of in the end.
The hens have their beaks cut off with a burning-hot blade within hours or days of birth. No painkillers are being used, and the animals endure the pain both during and after the procedure(2).
The chicks unavoidably have a hard time eating or drinking after this mutilation, and as such, they suffer from dehydration. They are then shoved in tiny wire “battery” cages.
Around ten hens are placed within these tiny cages, and they are unable to lift even one wing due to the overcrowdedness. This happens even in the best-case scenario(3).
The reason why chicks are mutilated is to prevent them from fighting due to their intense confinement. Though they are clean animals, they are restraint in these overcrowded cages forcing them to urinate and even defecate on one another.
The stench of ammonia and feces is heavy in the air. Diseases run rampant in these cramped sheds. Many of them die while the survivors are forced to live with their dead and dying cagemates, who are often left to rot(4).
The light in this disgusting environment is used to maximize egg production. For around two weeks at a time, hens are fed only reduced-calorie feed. This process induces an extra laying cycle(5).
What about male chicks?
Nothing escapes from the egg industry, every being is tortured and ruthlessly killed. When it comes to male chicks, they are considered worthless in the egg industry(6).
Each year, millions of male chicks are either suffocated or thrown into high-speed grinders. These grinders are called “macerators,” and the male chicks are thrown in there while still being alive.
But how do hens end their life? Well, usually after two years in these horrible conditions, their bodies are exhausted. The egg production unavoidably drops, and the hens are considered useless and sent to slaughterhouses(7).
In these slaughterhouses, the hens have their legs shackled, and their throats cut. Before they reach the slaughter, around 30% of them are suffering from broken bones due to neglect, osteoporosis, and rough treatment.
Their bodies are so damaged that their flesh is primarily used only in companion-animal food, but reportedly some of this meat has been used even in schools for children.
Did you know?
– There are more than 300 million chicks used each year in egg production.
– After birth, males and females are separated. Both sides never see their mothers.
– Some of the hens which survive the two-year torture are sometimes electrocuted.
– It takes around 34 hours on average for a hen to produce a single egg.
[4.] 4 – https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jon-young/the-cruelty-of-the-egg-in_b_17854516.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLnJvLw&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAFvHuDR09vAZKLJcZFrppwSEfuiQrY2EVhDU33ApTY9Qhz2x6s8RUQtxrVltnQYfpimJd9EVLc1IV35uJjPbnkry64Rc40fjBoSBHUnWWIiPFMwopzTV9i5WK2mJqrSWnV0kZZT2boiAFMvFvxhrlTVilVfuAgDzE3l1Wo2C4zW9
[5.] 5 – http://www.eggabuse.com/readmore.php