I’ve just read a kids book about a little girl freeing caged hens, and the message at the end is: Everybody, buy free range so the hens don’t suffer any more! But of course the term free range has since been hijacked to mean “trapped in a giant cage with thousands of other birds”. Ever read that on a supermarket shelf?
Have a look at the wikipedia page for free range eggs:
I’m always reading about and seeing these warehouses, crammed with thousands of birds, with doors that aren’t opened. Noble foods is definitely one to avoid as they have been caught using human slaves from Lithuania and other countries, working 24 hr plus shifts and getting ill from the chicken bacteria, but nothing much was done about it.
these farms could be showcase farms, which do not produce the bulk of the eggs consumers buy
there is no wide-pan view of the conditions indoors, although we can hear the cacophony of chickens in one of the shots
although there are 2000 chickens per hectare, the footage does not appear to show this many birds out on the fields, and a lot of footage shows empty fields,
chickens will inevitably stressed when in the unnatural condition of living among so many other birds; they need the hierarchical “pecking order” to feel safe and thrive
chickens may be guarding the entrances and not allowing some of the more timid birds to go outside
the chickens have a life span of several months before they are killed for meat
the birds have been genetically engineered to produced an egg “every 26 hours”, which drains the bird, in comparison to 50-200 eggs a year for more traditional breeds of chicken
Slaughter of day old chicks, transport of chickens to the slaughter houses crammed into crates on lorries, the effect on the local environment.. O.K, I could go on…
It might not be on the news every day, but factory farms still exist, and create over 99% of animal products (most of which don’t even bother with the free range label), so we need to stop funding them. My partner has stopped buying those eggs because of how they taste (as well as the human slavery factor!) It’s worth the extra pennies per egg, to not pay people to torture the birds, and to eat something that didn’t come from a wretched diseased animal.
There are plenty of small farms which actually adhere to welfare standards, so with some judicious reading of labels and internet research you can still have your eggs and toast in the morning, without you or the chicken dropping dead from food poisoning!
And to be sure no animals were hurt in the making of your food, try eating vegan, it’s now easier and more practical than ever to boycott factory farms.
Think about it, learn about it. Remember, the egg companies don’t want us to.