and egg industry

Buying organic eggs doesn’t change this. Male chicks are useless to the industry because they don’t lay eggs. They are unprofitable (just like male calves in the dairy industry) and therefor killed within the first week of hatching. 

The legal methods of killing baby chicks worldwide are: electrocution, shredding in an industrial grinder, cervical dislocation (breaking their neck), death by gas and suffocation in bags.

And not only that; but supporting this industry also means supporting the poultry/meat industry because all laying hens get sent to slaughter once their productiveness drops and they are no longer profitable.

“Free-range”, “organic” or regular, the egg industry is one of the most cruel forms of animal exploitation. Please don’t support it.

Inktober Day 14

  • Carnists: People who abuse animals should be KILLED! They should be HUNG until their necks break and they DIE!
  • Vegans: Animals are abused by the meat, dairy and egg industries, and when you buy animal products you are funding that abuse.
  • The same carnists: erm sweetie don't be so extreme :) you really need to be nicer to people if you want them to listen :) personal choice :) animals don't have emotions :)
Going Vegan isn’t for everyone.

I’m just going to talk about the elephant in the room. Lately I’ve seen a lot of negativity towards vegetarians who do not wish to take the next step and become vegan, and honestly I don’t agree with it at all. 

I will not ignore the fact that yes, being vegan does more for the wellbeing of animals and the environment than being a vegetarian does. There is loads of abuse in the dairy industry and egg industries, there are many negative health effects of drinking dairy and eating eggs, and these industries are awful for the environment. 

But, despite these reasons, being vegan isn’t a good fit for everyone. Being a vegan can be overly restrictive and cause a lot of mental anguish for those recovering from an eating disorder. Some people have a lot of other allergies where it’s hard to navigate eating on the run as it is. Personally, I’m a gluten free vegetarian pre-diabetic. Vegetarian by choice, gluten free to combat some awful IBS, and pre-diabetic, well, because my life sucks. 

I have no intentions of becoming a vegan. I have a hard enough time finding heathy food living in a dorm with no access to a kitchen as it is. However, I don’t eat meat. I haven’t for 8 years, and I’m not going to let the fact that I’m not vegan diminish the impact that I’m having on animals and the environment. I do my best to avoid dairy and eggs in my everyday life, but not because I feel a pressure to do so. 

I’m all for being vegan, and I have so much respect for those who are able to make this life choice. But, if you feel that you are unable to completely go vegan, do not let others tell you that you are not doing enough. Be proud that you have done what you can.

-Meghan 

Wild how some people (quite rightly) lose their shit about pugs and bulldogs being bred to prioritise incredibly unhealthy and debilitating features, but don’t give a crap about the dairy cows, chickens, and turkeys in the meat/dairy/egg industries who have been subjected to similar selective breeding measures that give them painful lives and early deaths

Just a side note about that last post: I often talk about how vegetarianism/veganism are not accessible to the poor, disabled, chronically ill, PoC, etc. I think this needs to be brought up more within animal rights circles because often they are extremely militant and exclusionary to marginalized people. However, I do believe in going vegetarian/vegan if it is possible for you, or at the very least cutting out what you can. I think even the smallest steps can contribute to change and applaud anyone who is able to make an effort not to support the meat, egg, and dairy industries. (But I would never hold it against anyone who is unable to so–don’t worry, I totally got you!) 

Anyway, I sometimes struggle to balance being pro-veganism/vegetarianism but also intersectional. Whenever I post about how not everyone can be vegan, animal rights supporters tell me I’m not supporting the cause. And when I reblog pro-vegan posts, I get other folks telling me that not everyone can be vegan (which I understand, trust me.) I don’t really know what I’m trying to say here–I’m just not sure how I can reblog animal rights stuff without having to explain my complicated relationship with the topic in full detail every single time?

me: *feeling :(*

me: *remembers veganism is actually making a difference and is cutting into the profits of the AG industries which is causing them to panic, and now the public is becoming more aware and informed of what actually happens behind the closed doors of not just the meat industry, but the previously assumed innocent dairy and egg industries as well*

me: :)

Holy crap you guys it just hit me that I’ve been vegan for over a year and I haven’t eaten one of my favorite chocolate candies, m&m’s, in over a year. And it wasn’t even hard. I remember the night when I decided I was going vegan after researching how cruel the dairy and egg industry is. I thought it was going to be hard and take a lot of self control to stop eating pizza and m&m’s but it just means ordering pizza cheeseless with vegetable toppings and avoiding buying m&ms when waiting in line at the supermarket. Go vegan y’all. It’s not hard.

Now safe at sanctuary, Verona is one of the millions of hens who are mutilated by the egg industry every year. As a chick, a portion of her of her nerve-rich beak was cut off without anesthesia.

We are not encouraged, on a daily basis, to pay careful attention to the animals we eat. On the contrary, the meat, dairy, and egg industries all actively encourage us to give thought to our own immediate interest (taste, for example, or cheap food) but not to the real suffering involved. They do so by deliberately withholding information and by cynically presenting us with idealized images of happy animals in beautiful landscapes, scenes of bucolic happiness that do not correspond to anything in the real world. The animals involved suffer agony because of our ignorance. The least we owe them is to lessen that ignorance.
—  Jeffrey Moussaieff Mason
More than 150 billion animals are slaughtered by the dairy, egg, and meat industries every year. More than 3,000 animals are murdered in slaughterhouses across the globe in one second. And yet we claim that an animal holocaust is not going on. We do this. Human beings are responsible. Human beings are to blame. Stop deflecting, stop denying, and start accepting, and making change. Change for the animals. Change for the individuals who no longer have a voice because human beings have silenced them.
—  Animal Equality; From A Person Who Would Sacrifice Her Voice For Theirs

Please wish a cordial Happy Birthday to Lilac! She turns 12 this month and is the oldest hen we have rescued from a battery cage “egg farm.”

Lilac is visually blind but she can still see, in a fashion! Like humans, chickens possess a pineal gland that senses darkness and light. Lilac can still “see” light and darkness and knows when it is daytime and nighttime. This helps her navigate the world.

She lives with other special-needs birds and is treated with respect and dignity by the other birds (and of course us humans). 

*whispers at PETA and extremist vegans* y'all need to stop being assholes to everyone like,,,, stop. Please. I eat animals and consume animal product but I'm a person who cares for them as well. I love them. I'm not some murderer. Stop accusing people of being so terrible. Honestly. Shoo fly don't bother people who consume animal product or take part in the dairy/egg/meat/animal industry.