Can Vegans Eat Eggs From Backyard Chickens? VEGGANS?!
A question that I get with a surprising frequency from non-vegans and vegans alike is whether it’s ethical to consume eggs from a rescued or backyard chicken. It goes something like this. “My friend has her own chickens and she loves them and takes really good care of them and they’re happy and healthy and they lay eggs all the time that aren’t fertilized. So wouldn’t it be okay for her to eat them? I mean if the chicken just drops the egg and walks away? Or carries it to my friend and offers the egg to her with outstretched wing? Or leaves a little note in the ground saying ‘please take this thing that just came out of my vagina/anus and put it in your mouth?’” Okay I may have made up those last two. But you get the idea. There’s even a new dietary distinction called “veggan.” (and I have no idea if that’s how it’s pronounced, but that’s what it’s going to be today). So, let’s finally tackle this beast. What is the ethical concern with eating eggs from rescued or backyard hens?