“Humane” Meat, Local Free-Range Eggs, and Backyard Chickens

18 thoughts on ““Humane” Meat, Local Free-Range Eggs, and Backyard Chickens”

    1. The two hens are living at an animal rescue (they are able to tend to their medical needs since they’re internal layers) and the rooster is living on 2 acres with another vegan animal rights activist at their home. I travel a lot so I don’t have the time to dedicate to the care of any more animals but I can foster. I just have to find them suitable (vegan) homes quickly. 🙂

      1. You’re an amazing human being! I wish I could help you. From reading your blog and bio it sounds like you’re well connected to help them. But if I can help get the word out, using social media, let me know. 🙂

  1. Typically it’s day-old chicks that are shipped live in the mail. You can order just pullets (girls), although sometimes there will be a rooster, or they add them to the box for padding. Most male chicks at hatcheries are killed. Chicks available at feed stores are from the same hatcheries.

  2. Great post! Lots of people here in the UK find it hard to understand why I wouldn’t eat a ‘free-range’ egg. Sometimes I think people don’t want to take the time to understand because they don’t want to find out something they’d rather they hadn’t known. When I rescued 4 ex-commercial hens before they were taken to slaughter it completely opened my eyes to a system I realised I knew nothing about and I’ve been vegan ever since! Glad you were able to find the hens and rooster a new home to live out their lives 🙂

    1. Very true. People gravitate toward willful ignorance. They prefer to remain in the dark. The fact that people say “I can’t watch that — I’m afraid I’ll go vegan” when asked whether they want to watch any animal rights documentary says it all. A common excuse I hear for why someone doesn’t want to accept information or literature about animal rights and veganism is “ignorance is bliss.” It’s such a shame. They know what the correct and ethical course of action is, but they fool themselves into believing that their willful ignorance absolves them of any guilt. The fact remains that whether they allow themselves to see it or not, it is still going on.

      “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

  3. Hi there. I’m trying to find out all I can about moving from vegetarian to vegan and I have a question no-one seems to be able to give me a clear answer on and I’m hoping you can help. What are your thoughts on having dogs, cats, rabbits, horses etc as ‘pets’ as surely they in no way lead a natural existence? Unless you live on a couple of hundred acres? What does that mean for us folks with furry family members in the city?

  4. Thank you Kara. This is interesting, important, very well-written, informative and accurate. I hope you keep this up and that many others emulate you.

  5. To think that humans, at such a high level of thought capacity, compared with many of the variable animal species of this particular planet Earth, are capable of having such vast respect, as to consider the often shorter lives of these other living creatures, as fully worthy to express the freedom of opportunity to live a completed life as far as their body takes them naturally without resistance.

  6. Kara,
    Thank you. You put together a lovely article here. I like your approach to educating.
    Keep up the great work.
    Thanks again,
    Viva La Vegan Grocery

  7. “The thing is, this wasn’t an animal sanctuary and these chickens were not viewed as individual beings with their own right to govern their own bodies”

    You hit the nail on the head. That’s EXACTLY the point that I try to drive home when people bring up “humane”, free-range animal products.

  8. I am trying to become a vegan, having been vegetarian for almost 15 years. However, I have a friend who owns a handful of chicken. He keeps them in his own backyard, it’s really beautiful and they have a lot of space to run and look for food. He tells me that when they cannot lay eggs anymore, they retire. He doesn’t slaughter them or hang them up anywhere. He just keeps them with the group of hens that still lay eggs until they die a natural death. They have names and he cares for them in a very loving manner. I think that if all the chicken int he world had this kind of fate, I would think it is ok to eat eggs, wherever you go. Unfortunately, it is probably only 0,1% of the chicken around the world, who have such a wonderful life…

    1. It would not be okay, actually. This is slavery, they are only being valued as a product, because they lay eggs. “Humane” exploitation doesn’t exist. When you steal eggs from hens, regardless their condition, they suffer psychologicaly, they feel you are taking their babies away, and it is what it is being done. When they are bought, they are genetically modified to attend their exploiter’s needs, so they lay 300 eggs anually, instead of 17, which damages their cloaca (can you image yourself having a baby approx. each day?). When your friend takes their eggs, the hens have the wish of having afamily, which is always destroyed, so they also lay more and more eggs, trying to create families, and then, are destroyed. After laying unfertilized eggs, the hens loose a lot of calcium and nutrients, so they freak out, supposed to eat the egg’s shell… because eggs are stolen, they get calcium deficient. Remember: for every egg you eat, doesnt matter their condition, a hen is unable to form a family and is disnourished. They are not willing participants, and they are not here to serve anyone.

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