Not repulsed by eating eggs? Are you a proud eggetarian who doesn’t believe in killing animals but only eat eggs because that doesn’t involve taking a life? The following list might just change that and make you think twice about your egg consumption. Here are a few facts you probably did not know about the egg industry.
1.It takes roughly 36 hours for a hen to produce 1 egg.
2. Almost 300 million hens go through a torturous process of artificially hatching eggs to keep up with the demand in the US egg industry alone
3. The lives of these hens are full of suffering and pain the moment they are brought in the industry.
4.Chicks are kept separately from their mothers from the moment they are born.
5.Soon after being born, the males and females are separated.
6.The females go through the torturous and painful process to hatch eggs and await the same fate as their mothers.
7.The female chicks are de-beaked using a razor blade, hot blade, or an infra-red laser at temperatures of 800°C.
8.The males are mercilessly tossed into plastic bags to suffocate to death.
9. Between 5 and 11 hens are crammed into a single “battery” cage.
10. Most of the hens die in cages because of unhygienic conditions. At times they even rot alongside the live birds in these cages.
11.After nearly 2 years, the birds that manage to survive are sent to the slaughterhouse.
12.The birds are put through a process known as ‘forced-molting’ which involves starving the hens for about 18 days. They are kept in dark, and denied water. This shock process is to fasten the intense egg-laying process.
13.All egg-laying hens are ultimately slaughtered within a couple of years.
14. According to the Center for Disease Control around 1 in 10,000 eggs are contaminated with Salmonella.
15.Still wanting to keep eggs in your diet? The best way to do it then is to buy organic eggs from a local farm where these birds are free to roam around and their feed is free of antibiotics.