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Animals are my friends…
and I don’t eat my friends.

— George Bernard Shaw

As summarised from PETA’s sites below:

13 Ways Chickens & Chicks Suffer  

[1] More than 300 million chickens abused annually for their eggs endure a nightmare for two years before slaughter.
[2] All chicks bred in incubators never get to see their mothers.
[3] Egg factories’ hens have a large part of their beaks cut off with a hot blade within hours or days of birth without painkillers to ‘prevent’ violence.
[4] In pain after for weeks, chicks with difficulty eating and drinking with mutilated beaks suffer from hunger and dehydration.

[5] Up to 10 hens are imprisoned in tiny wire cages about 18 by 24 inches, while each hen with wingspan of 36 inches cannot lift a single wing.
[6] They are so crammed that they are forced to urinate and defecate on one another.
[7] The stench of ammonia and feces hangs heavy in the air, and disease runs rampant.
[8] Many hens die, with survivors often forced to live with the dead and dying, sometimes left to rot.
[9] Light is constantly manipulated to maximise ongoing egg production.
[10] For two weeks at a time, hens are fed reduced-calorie feed to induce an extra laying cycle.

[11] As male chicks are worthless to the egg industry, once born, millions are suffocated or thrown into high-speed grinders while alive.
[12] After two years, when the exhausted hens’ egg production drops, they are sent to slaughterhouses, where their fragile legs are shackled upside down, with their throats cut, and scalded to death. (Chickens’ natural lifespan is eight years. Chickens bred solely for meat are killed after just 6 weeks.)
[13] Before death, about 30% of hens suffer from broken bones from neglect, osteoporosis, and rough treatment.

Until he extends his circle of compassion
to include all living things,
man will not himself find peace.

— Albert Schweitzer

Kinder Alternatives

Cutting eggs from your diet is easy. There are many delicious and humane egg-free options such as banana, flaxseeds, chia seeds, applesauce, tofu, black salt and more at https://www.peta.org/living/food/egg-replacements

Related Articles:

The Egg Industry
https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/chickens/egg-industry

Where Your Eggs Come From
https://youtu.be/H0-CRX6uclI

21 Things the Egg Industry Doesn’t Want You to See
https://www.peta.org/features/egg-industry-cruelty

How Should All Aspiring For Buddhahood Eat And Drink?
上求佛道者应当如何饮食?
https://thedailyenlightenment.com/2016/10/how-should-all-aspiring-for-buddhahood-eat-and-drink

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