Do NOT argue with me that there is such thing as an exploitation-free chicken egg consumed by a human.
I have watched 47,000 two-year-old hens be gassed because they are no longer producing “quality” eggs. Tossed in a pile, shoveled with a tractor.
I have sat with a hen and her prolapsing uterus in my lap, an inch of her insides painfully protruding out of her after she passed far too many eggs.
I have seen backyard chicken “lovers” joke about accidentally getting a male chick and their companion dog having “fresh meat” for dinner. I have also seen them calling shelter after shelter in vain, searching for someone to provide a safe home for their illicit rooster companion.
I have known far fewer roosters than hens because they never made it out of the hatchery, gassed or suffocated or ground up alive upon birth because of their sex.
I have seen hens with half their beak attempt to eat and clean themselves.
I have watched a hen barely able to breathe, needing euthanasia because of egg industry selective and over-breeding.
And I have seen thousands of birds joyfully eat their own eggs fed back to them because they are theirs and they like them and they are nutritious for them.
Do you care about eating the eggs of this one particular species so much, regardless of how harmful they are to your health, that you try to justify supporting this exploitation?