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この卵はぼくのじゃない 〜 シルクロード【Fischer's】

This egg isn’t mine 〜 シルクロード【Fischer's】

A vegan’s confession about backyard eggs

Okay… So I’ve gotten asks before about whether it’s okay to eat eggs from your backyard chickens. And I’ve answered these to the best of my ability - which means I looked at what other people (vegans) had to say about this and picked the one that made the most sense to me. In short - the answer was no.

But guess what - I have two rescued hens living with me now. I can now give you my personal opinion on the subject based on actual experience. And honestly - my opinion has changed drastically.

So to all the over-reacting, unrelenting vegans out there - calm your fucking tits. Hopefully I don’t get kicked out of the elite vegan club for doing this. 

First I want to share this recipe - first time I’ve used eggs after 10 years! Pretty exciting.

Ingredients:
2 eggs (only from your chickens!)
2 Tbsp oatmeal
0.5 tsp flax seed
some kale

1. Mix it all together and wait 10 mins.

2. Fry it in a pan - no oil!

3. Lookin’ good!

4. Now feed it to the ladies who actually laid the goddamn eggs.

Oh, haha, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to lead you on! What a funny misunderstanding.

Okay, let’s get serious. What’s in an egg?

Modern hens have been bred to produce a lot - a lot - of eggs. With every egg their bodies are drained of nutrients - iron, vitamin D, vitamin A, phosphorus, thiamine, riboflavin and huge amounts of calcium (eggshell). But not only that - laying an egg nearly every day is exhausting. It’s hard fucking work. 

So I think… the least you can do is give her the egg back. It’s not just the nutrients - they really, really love to eat them. Making them a delicious snack (out of something that was theirs in the first place) isn’t a perfect way for saying “sorry for breeding your species into an egg-making machine that is very rarely viewed as anything else,” but it’s something. It’s definitely a better sorry than eating their eggs yourself.

Eggs are not good for your health. They are easily replaced in recipes. Oh, and they’re pretty gross:

But most importantly - they’re not yours. 

I know you love your chickens. Even if you eat their eggs, I know you love them. If you rescued a hen, you did a wonderful thing and I thank you for it. 

But please, try. Try to transform the way you view them. You do not expect your cat to give you anything in return - why are your hens the only ones in your animal-family who have to pay for membership?

The very act, concept of eating an egg is what caused my two hens to be born into hell - a factory farm. So no, I will never eat their eggs.

And what I said at the beginning of this post, vegans - to calm your tits? Do not calm your tits. Ever. 

9 Fascinating Facts That Will Change How You See Chickens

1. Hens begin communicating with their chicks before they even hatch. When the babies are still inside their shells, the mother hen clucks softly to them and they chirp back.

2. Chickens have exceptional color vision. In fact, their retinas can detect some ultraviolet wavelengths, which are invisible to the human eye!

3. Chickens pass down knowledge from generation to generation.

4. Chickens experience rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, meaning they experience vivid dreams just like we do!

5. Chickens are able to recognize over 100 individual faces, not only of their fellow chickens, but also of humans.

6. Chickens are able to understand that recently hidden objects still exist. This is beyond the capability of a 2 year old child.

7. Chickens use over 200 distinct vocalizations for communication.

8. Chickens can empathize with peers in danger and use their previous experiences to inform decision making.

9. According to Smithsonian, there are more chickens in the world than any other bird species.

Unfortunately, the majority of chickens are confined on cruel factory farms. And whether they are being raised for their meat or eggs, they are all subjected to extreme confinement, mutilations without painkillers, and a ruthless slaughter.

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