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Thrown, dropped, mutilated, and ground-up alive. This is the disturbing reality faced by hundreds of thousands of chicks each day at the world's largest egg-laying breed hatchery Hy-Line International in Spencer, Iowa.
New hidden camera footage obtained at this facility during a MercyForAnimals undercover investigation gives a disturbing glimpse into the cruel and industrialized reality of modern hatcheries.
The warm, comforting, and protective wings of these newly hatched chicks' mothers have been replaced with massive machines, quickly moving conveyor belts, harsh handling, and distressing noise. These young animals are sorted, discarded, and handled like mere cogs in a machine.
For the nearly 150,000 male chicks who hatch every 24 hours at this Hy-Line facility, their lives begin and end the same day. Grabbed by their fragile wings by workers known as "sexers," who separate males from females, these young animals are callously thrown into chutes and hauled away to their deaths. They are destined to die on day one because they cannot produce eggs and do not grow large or fast enough to be raised profitably for meat. Their lives are cut short when they are dropped into a grinding machine tossed around by a spinning auger before being torn to pieces by a high-pressure macerator.
Over 21 million male chicks meet their fate this way each year at this facility.
For the surviving females, this is the beginning of a life of cruelty and confinement at the hands of the egg industry. Before even leaving the hatchery they will be snapped by their heads into a spinning debeaker a portion of their sensitive beaks removed by a laser. Workers toss and rummage through them before they are placed 100 per crowded box and shipped across the country.
The callous disregard for animal welfare at this facility is not isolated. In fact, the conditions documented during this investigation are completely standard and acceptable within the commercial egg industry. Referred to by Hy-Line corporate leaders as mere "genetic products," these chicks are treated just as they are viewed as inanimate objects, rather than the sentient creatures they are.
Driven by consumer demand, the egg industry will continue to exploit, abuse, and kill day-old animals as long as doing so remains profitable. Empowered consumers can put their ethics on the table by choosing kindness over cruelty at each meal by adopting an animal-friendly vegan diet.
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There are a number of types of vegetarianism, which exclude or include various foods.
Ovo vegetarianism - includes eggs but not dairy products.
Lacto vegetarianism - includes dairy products but not eggs.
Ovo-lacto vegetarianism (or lacto-ovo vegetarianism) - includes animal/dairy products such as eggs, milk, and honey.
Veganism - excludes all animal flesh and products, such as milk, honey, and eggs, as well as items refined or manufactured through any such product, such as bone-char refined white sugar or animal-tested baking soda.
Raw veganism - includes only fresh and uncooked fruit, nuts, seeds, and vegetables. Vegetables can only be cooked up to a certain temperature.
Fruitarianism - permits only fruit, nuts, seeds, and other plant matter that can be gathered without harming the plant.
Sattvic diet (also known as yogic diet) - a plant based diet which may also include dairy (not eggs) and honey, but excludes anything from the onion or leek family, red lentils, durian fruit, mushrooms, blue cheeses, fermented foods or sauces, alcoholic drinks and often also excludes coffee, black or green tea, chocolate, nutmeg or any other type of stimulant such as excess sharp spices.
Buddhist vegetarianism - Different Buddhist traditions have differing teachings on diet, which may also vary for ordained monks and nuns compared to others. Many interpret the precept 'not to kill' to require abstinence from meat, but not all. In Taiwan, su vegetarianism excludes not only all animal products but also vegetables in the allium family (which have the characteristic aroma of onion and garlic): onion, garlic, scallions, leeks, chives, or shallots.
Jain vegetarianism - includes dairy but excludes eggs and honey, as well as root vegetables.
Macrobiotic diets - consist mostly of whole grains and beans.
Pretty much why my diet consists mostly of coffee, cigarettes and tic-tacs.
originally posted by: AboveBoard
a reply to: AnteBellum
You are 100% right. We eat meat (or choose not to) but we don't have to do it by creating more suffering, like "chicks" or other animals aren't even alive, able to feel pain, etc. The "industrialization" process separates us so much from the live animal, it's easy to not pay attention to HOW the meat comes to the table. People will say - well, that's what makes meat so cheap! I say "processing" our food that way cheapens us...AND, lowers the quality of life for us humans physically too. We need better, higher quality, humanely birthed/raised/handled food - AND we need better wages to pay for it...
The only problem now is, the government doesn't like this arrangement, because they are not benefiting, so they are going to try to stop this.
originally posted by: DrumsRfun
a reply to: AnteBellum
Eating eggs as I type.
Eggs have good protein...might suck being a "chick" but the benefits to man are awesome.
I don't do PETA hippie diets or whatever you are going for here.
Why is this in the cooking forum if you didn't give a recipe?