What we buy when we buy eggs.
The following contains graphic footage of animal cruelty and is not appropriate for children:
The Humane Society of the United States filmed this footage during an undercover investigation of Kreider Farms in Pennsylvania. In case you opted not to watch the video, here’s a little bit of what they found:
>Birds were severely overcrowded in cages more cramped than the national average; each hen received only 54–58 square inches of space on which to spend her life.
>Injured and dead hens, including mummified bird carcasses, were found inside cages with living hens laying eggs for human consumption.
>Hens were left without water for days when a water source malfunctioned, causing many to die.
>Hens’ legs, wings, and heads were found trapped in cage wires and automated feeding machinery.
>A thick layer of dead flies on the barn floors caused a crunching sound when walking on it.
More and more communities have backyard farmers with at least a few chickens. Most grocery stores have several options for free-range and organic eggs, if not local ones. If you choose to eat eggs, please choose not to buy them from a factory farm.