So that I’m not completely trapped in my Lefty news bubble, I make sure I check out at least Yahoo! News every day. Today something caught my eye—yes, something besides the L.A./Valley fires and Swine Flu(!). In among the “most e-mailed” stories was this headline:
Video shows chicks ground up alive at egg hatchery
Oh, it’s in the “most viewed” too. The story’s about an undercover video of a hatchery. In addition to a couple of chicks on the floor (a violation that worries the company, probably because they don’t want their workers tripping over a chick), you see the unfortunate byproduct of the egg industry: baby boy chickens. These chicks are killed because they’re too expensive to raise for meat and they don’t lay eggs. It’s a pretty horrific practice in my eyes, but it’s accepted as the standard method and the industry has no problem with it. Even your “happy,” cage-free baby boys gotta go somehow.
Again, to that guy who knows a farmer who never kills baby chicks, I get it. But this is industrial farming. This is how the vast majority of America’s food is produced. This is why many of us go vegan in the first place, because we don’t want to contribute to practices like these.
So…with this story being so widely viewed (the link to the video is at the bottom of the story), what sort of effect do you think this’ll have on the egg industry? Yeah, I don’t think so either.