A Terrible True Story

Factory-farmed chickens are mistreated. Plain and simple.

Hens in factory-farming egg facilities are put in cages so tight that they cannot maintain comfortable positions or turn around. This kind of treatment causes aggressive tendencies in the chickens, who will peck the others if they can reach them. To save space, the cages are placed close together, and more often than not, the chickens can reach each other. To vent their aggression, they will peck at each other, so their beaks are trimmed – actually cut off.
Each hen is taxed to the limit, being fed chemicals to make them lay more eggs, and sometimes left in the dark alone without food and water for up to a week. This spurs them into laying eggs if they have stopped. After this period of time in the dark, reports state that some hens would lose over 30% of their body weight.
The average hen is forced to lay about 250 eggs a year; after which many suffer from accumulation of liver fat – as their livers work hard to make fat for the yolks of the eggs. Because they are unable to pass another egg some of them die during egg laying. Another common problem with factory-farmed chickens and their eggs is osteoporosis. This is when the chicken is not able to obtain enough calcium for the calcium-rich egg shells, and the shells become brittle. The chicken’s body must take over 30x its skeleton calcium to make a single egg-shell, and the chickens often die or suffer long-term from broken and brittle bones and paralysis.
Because the hens are unhealthy, their eggs are automatically thin-shelled and have pale yolks. Because the yolks are so pale, they feed the chickens tartrazine to make them look more yellow.
I am not saying don’t eat eggs – we need the few remaining vitamins and minerals that are in them – I am only saying that if you can get eggs from a farmer in (or outside of) your neighbourhood, town, or city, you should. A few dozen won’t seem like much, and everyone else will buy them, but at least you can do your part.

It’s a cruel world that treats animals a way that they would never treat humans.

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