15 Things The Egg Industry Does Not Want You To Know

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.

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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

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3. The lives of these hens are full of suffering and pain the moment they are brought in the industry.

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4.Chicks are kept separately from their mothers from the moment they are born.

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5.Soon after being born, the males and females are separated.

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6.The females go through the torturous and painful process to hatch eggs and await the same fate as their mothers.

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7.The female chicks are de-beaked using a razor blade, hot blade, or an infra-red laser at temperatures of 800°C.

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8.The males are mercilessly tossed into plastic bags to suffocate to death.

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9. Between 5 and 11 hens are crammed into a single “battery” cage.

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10. Most of the hens die in cages because of unhygienic conditions. At times they even rot alongside the live birds in these cages.

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11.After nearly 2 years, the birds that manage to survive are sent to the slaughterhouse.

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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.

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13.All egg-laying hens are ultimately slaughtered within a couple of years.

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14. According to the Center for Disease Control around 1 in 10,000 eggs are contaminated with Salmonella.

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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.

Organic Eggs