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Salmonella and Dairy Industry Practices

August 22, 2010

I once got teased for buying Certified Humane Eggs. The person said there was nothing wrong with the way hens were treated, and eggs were just eggs.But, they aren’t. A friend of mine works on cases that prosecute farmers who violated environmental legislation, with the hope that they will also review their own practices. She has seen the farms. She is a vegan.

Today, the Washington Post highlighted some of the grotesque practices. Including a recent suit: “In June, for instance, the family agreed to pay a $34,675 fine stemming from allegations of animal cruelty against hens in its 5 million-bird Maine facility. An animal rights group used a hidden camera to document hens suffocating in garbage cans, twirled by their necks , kicked into manure pits to drown and hanging by their feet over conveyer belts.”

I recommend reading the article and start researching who you are buying your dairy from. Vote for better farming with your purchasing power. Click the here for the article:

Before salmonella outbreak, egg firm had long record of violations

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  1. August 22, 2010 3:10 pm

    Ugh, it is disgusting the way these animals are treated. My friend’s parents own a turkey farm, and it looks (and smells) much more like a waste treatment plant than a farm. You have to wear a hazmat suit just to go inside the “coops.” This is why I don’t eat meat. But, even when trying to buy “free-range” eggs, the reality is, these chickens are most likely not treated much better than non- free-range chickens. Hopefully, the more people know about where their food comes from, the more they will think about what is in their plates.

  2. Nicole permalink
    August 23, 2010 12:26 am

    If you want to see where the vast majority of eggs come from, just google image “battery cage.” These are the cages where the hens are kept for their entire egg laying lives (about 2 years) before they are slaughtered. Each hen’s beak is clipped without anesthesia when she is a chick so she does not peck at the other hens in the cages. Each hen has less than a piece of paper of space in which to live – hardly enough space to spread her wings. They stand on the wire caging which hurts and deforms their feet. The constant egg laying (brought about by environmental conditions in the houses) also damages their reproductive systems often resulting in painful absesses or other medical conditions which are never treated. In addition, the male baby chicks are so worthless (it does not even make economic sence to transport them somewhere where they can be raised for meat), they are immediately killed. Cage-free is better but still not cruelty free. The Humane Society of the United States has a lot of great resources – see e.g. http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/confinement_farm/facts/cage-free_vs_battery-cage.html.

    If you want to eat eggs and ensure the chickens are well taken care of, go to your local farmers market. Ask the farmers what conditions the hens live in, what practices the farmers engage in (such as beak clipping, what they do with the male chicks, how long the hens produce eggs, and what they do with the hens once they are “spent”), whether they are allowed to engage in their natural behaviors such as nesting, perching, and digging in the dirt, and whether they are protected from preditors.

    Many vegans believe that the egg and dairy industry are actually much crueler than the meat industry as the animals suffer for years while producing eggs and milk while animals raised for meat generally only suffer cruelty for a short period of time when they are transported and slaughtered.

    All animals feel pain, fear, and have a natural instinct to want to live. You don’t need to be vegan to make a difference in their lives. Just be an informed consumer!

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