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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The truth hurts

I always think honesty is the best policy.
That is a self evident statement as I am a long time journalist and no matter what anyone with a negative attitude about the news says, you don’t get far and you don’t last in this field without being honest.
But I am going to go out a limb a little here and take my hat off to a man who is not quite honest. He won’t even tell people what his real name is.
But “Pete,” according to a story here: timestory does claim to be truthful about what he sees when he goes undercover at certain farming operations around the country.
To give you an idea, here’s a quote from the story.
“On an egg farm, it's very, very normal to see live hens thrown in the trash. If you spin them around to break their necks like they tell you to, that doesn't always cause cervical dislocation. So they just kind of throw them away live in the trash. You'll always come across birds that are barely breathing, missing all their feathers, all bloody in the trash. You never get completely desensitized to that.”
Now, that’s enough to make anyone lose their brunch.
I won’t pretend that I don’t eat eggs – I have said many times on this blog that I have not been able to become a vegan. And while I do buy only cage free eggs, I also won’t pretend that that lets me off responsibility when it comes to how chickens are mistreated in many agricultural operations in this nation. But it is a step in the right direction.
It’s a direction that people like Pete have helped us take.
The real shame here is not only that “Pete” can’t be honest about who he is when does his work. The real shame is that Pete has to do this work at all.


Blogger Daithi said...

WOW, I am in shock. I just don't agree with violence. Locally, grown and bought produce of all types through people you have researched as accountable is really the best way. I will start buying from our local egg seller down the street and will arrange for my local organic farm produce tomorrow. We must be conscientious consumers for change to occur and to live within our own morals rightly.

March 10, 2009 9:02 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

like poster daithi said - local is best and cruelty is never the answer

March 10, 2009 10:57 PM 
Blogger Cool Fusion said...

Ground up flax seed makes the best eggs for baking.
1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed to three tablespoons of water --preferably hot water.
Even if you don't swear off eggs, you can reduce consumption. I did it little by little -- although I loved the taste. Now I don't even miss them.

April 01, 2009 8:22 AM 
Anonymous Katherine said...

Even local, "family farms" who sell eggs are cruel. They buy chicks from hatcheries who discard half of all chicks born (the males) because they don't lay eggs. They are commonly thrown alive into grinders (like wood chippers) or suffocated in large dumpsters. Newborn baby chicks. And what happens to the hens when they get old and stop "producing"? Same as in any factory farm, they are discarded, sold for meat to make chicken McNuggets and pet food.

The only cruelty-free choice is to give up eggs and chicken all together and go vegan (dairy is a similar story, except the males are most often sold for veal instead of killed immediately). There are many delicious sources of protein in the plant world that don't come with the huge load of cholesterol and saturated fat (and hormones and pesticides) that are found in chicken eggs. Five minutes of internet research will give you a long list of wonderful egg-free recipes. Please, for the animals, go VEGAN!

May 12, 2009 4:54 PM 

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