Factory Farm for Chickens
When you go to the store to buy eggs, what is your criteria for choosing the eggs? Price? Quantity? Nutritional content? For years I would choose whatever eggs were least expensive. I mean, an egg is an egg, right? Wrong! Unfortunately, eggs are not all equal. I first learned this a few years ago when I watched a documentary on how (the majority) of eggs got from the farm to the store. A lot of companies keep chickens in small, filthy cages in factory farms where they aren’t even given enough room to stand up, rendering them so helpless that they are not even able to stand or walk if they were taken out of the cage. This broke my heart. Additionally, the food the chickens are fed are full of antibiotics due to their appalling living conditions, which gets passed on to the consumer. Sorry to be such a downer, but this is the truth for the majority of eggs that are produced in the United States.
Factory farms are much too prevalent in our society, which is due to (what factory farms feel is) the need to keep up with supply and demand. Although I completely understand the need to supply the public with food, there are certainly other, natural ways to make this happen. It’s just that these other ways – free-range – are not as economical and/or practical. And since everything seems to revolve around the almighty dollar, (most) companies are making the choice to save money rather than provide humane ways for the animals that are providing our food to live. Sad! Animal suffering should not even be an option… Personally, I do not want to support factory farms where eggs came from chickens that had to experience such abuse. Instead, I’ve made the decision to buy only eggs that have come from free-range (happy!) chickens. NOTE: Cage-free and free-range are not the same thing! Cage-free can mean the chickens are only allowed to roam indoors, while free-range means the chickens are able to roam around outdoors, where they belong.