Each egg that arrives at the market, despite of its innocent look, could tell a long story; the hidden story of uncountable stolen lives by the Egg Production Industry.
Animal exploitation begins at the time of birth. This way, from the fertilised eggs aimed to obtain the next laying hens, around 50% of them will be born male. As they have no commercial value, since they belong to a species that is not suitable for the meat industry, they will be thrown alive into a grinding machine or discarded in containers where they will die asphyxiated.
Meanwhile, for their sisters, destiny had in stored a life of nightmares as slaves of the egg producing industry.
The first intervention consists in the amputation of their beaks with metal shears, which is something very painful as it cuts bone, cartilage, blood vessels and soft tissue off, and it usually implies inflammatory or infectious processes that cause big suffering to animals, preventing them from eating properly.
Later on, young hens will be confined in tiny cages whose area is smaller than a sheet of paper. Hundreds of thousands of these cages are aligned in endless rows and metallic columns in the interior of huge poultry houses.
Hens are not capable of moving their bodies; they don’t even have space to stretch their wings or limbs, in constant contact with the bars of their prison’s base, suffering sores and deformities. Also, many of them have important infections and are lacking nutrients, and if these problems are not treated, very often will lead to a slow death in agony.
On the other hand, in order to increase the egg production inside the poultry houses, fake lighting is used almost permanently, preventing animals from resting.
Also, there’s another common implemented procedure of extreme brutality called “forced moulting”. As in their natural state hens increase the rate of eggs laid at the beginning of spring, fake winters and springs are continuously simulated to keep that rate high. At an early stage, birds are kept without any food and light for 14 days. After these terrible conditions, some of them will have died from lack of food and stress, while the surviving hens will have lost between 20-28% of their body weight and plumage. After this, the second phase will be undertaken, where the arrival of spring will be simulated, providing them with a lot of food and lighting.
When the rate of eggs laid decreases (usually when hens are 2 years old), hens are no longer profitable; their consumed bodies are sent to slaughterhouses with the aim of obtaining the last economic benefit from their meat.
Every single egg placed on the market, with no exception, implies exploitation and dead for the hens that have been used as production tools, including the “free range” eggs and the ones certified as “ecological”, since, even though the exploitation conditions are not so extreme in these cases, the initial extermination of chicks is still carried out, animals are still used as mere resources without considering their interests and needs and, in the end, all hens, with no distinction, will all be killed at a slaughterhouse when their egg production rate decreases.
Hens are sociable animals with great sensitiveness, differentiated personalities and a wide emotional range. Human beings have made their lives hell with such an unconceivable suffering. Their immense pain is invisible after the walls of poultry houses.