The egg industry has done an impeccable job keeping us in the dark. Most people have no idea what hens (and male chicks) go through
The Truth About the Egg Industry
Chickens are among the most cruelly treated animals in the farming industry. Male chicks are useless to the egg industry so they are either suffocated to death or brutally ground up alive in large industrial macerators. Female chicks have a large portion of their sensitive beaks cut off with a hot blade (debeaking) within hours or days of birth. Debeaking is so painful that some immediately die of shock, while others die of starvation or dehydration because using their beaks is so excruciating they cannot grasp and swallow food. Due to genetic manipulation egg-laying hens produce 20 times more eggs than they would naturally. Some chickens mourn the loss of their eggs with increased egg-laying in a desperate attempt to fill in their nests. Tiny wire “battery” cages (roughly 18” x 24”) are crammed with up 10 Hens. These cages are so crowded that the birds are forced to urinate and defecate on one another. The wire mesh of the cages rubs off their feathers, chafes their skin, and causes their feet to become crippled. They are often forced to live with their dying, dead, or rotting cagemates. Surviving hens endure a nightmare that lasts about 12-15 months, before their bodies are exhausted and egg production drops. By the time “spent” hens are shipped to slaughterhouses, many are suffering from broken bones as a result of osteoporosis, neglect and rough handling. Their bodies are so damaged they are generally only used for pet food.