Please Buy Certified HUMANE

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Here’s MY list when buying eggs, in no particular order: Happy Eggs, Pete & Gerry’s, Vital Eggs, Handsome Brook Farm, NestFresh. There are some labels that you should ‘NOT’ trust and some labels you can. I hope I just made it a little easier for you. When my chickens aren’t laying due to weather these are the ones I buy. I care deeply for animals and I make a statement to evil factory farms by WHICH eggs I buy and by which eggs I DON’T buy.

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Factory Farming Awareness

If you would like to know more about factory farming without the gore, check out this video in cartoon form. Please be part of the solution to factory farming. Please eat conscientiously. What a blessing to both your health and animals lives by doing so.

Historic Day For Hens!

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Victory finally!

“Walmart, the largest seller of food in the United States, is going 100 percent cage-free with its egg supply. This all but guarantees a cage-free future for hens in the United States.”

Quoted by Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO  of the Humane Society of the United States.

Eyes Are Opening

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There are more people than just me looking into the eyes of precious hens such as this one! I’ve been reading about company after company phasing out keeping egg laying hens in tight cramped cages! Companies like Panera Bread, Burger King, Food Lion, McDonalds, and on and on. They are and will be switching to cage free eggs within the next few years.

Note that cage free and free roaming is not what you’re imaging, but it’s at least a STEP in the right direction:

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If you’d like to buy eggs from a great company that cares about the happiness of their chickens, please check out The Happy Egg Company! They are one of the very few endorsed by The American Humane Association and has strict standards. Click on the link below to find out more:

The Happy Egg Company

The Happy Egg Company Website

The Bird We Call Chicken

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Who said that a chicken is less than other animals? It has eyes, nose holes, feet, ears and more! I happen to have chickens and have seen their ears. Right behind their eyes there are tiny feathers that when pulled back slightly reveal a ‘hole’! So their ears are protected by God-given ear muffs! Unlike hairy animals it has feathers. It’s different. But different doesn’t mean ‘less’ than other animals. Just as people are different from one another..not ‘less’ than one another. There is too much looking down on or fear of what is different.

Notice the photo of the mother hen and her babies. I’ve had hens that hatched baby chicks and the photo is very precise. When I try to pick up a chick, the babies see my hand reaching and they run to the safety of their mother and peek out. The mother clucks as well for the babies to return to her. You’ll notice under her left wing a chick. You can only see the feet. The baby is probably extra scared. Only the inquisitive ones peek out though they are still frightened.

Chickens who are commercially raised for eggs and for people to eat live a life of misery. Usually never seeing grass. Always in a cage their entire life and then to be killed. So first misery, then frightened as they are being killed or perhaps watching others being killed. Remember the photo? They do feel scared and they do love. As noted above: who said that a chicken is less than other animals? It should be no easier to eat a chicken than it does to eat a cow. And actually it shouldn’t be easy to eat any animal. Unfortunately, eating animals has been taught from generation to generation, but we can now stop the cycle, as individuals.

As far as buying ‘free range’ eggs. Take a look at free range:

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For buying eggs try to find a local farm who lets their chickens roam free on plenty of grass. Or look into a local co-op or health food store and find out about where they get their eggs. I like The Happy Egg Company. Look them up on Youtube. If you eat eggs, that is the company I recommend at the moment. They cost more, but my peace of mind is worth the price. Also consider that cutting down on eating eggs and chickens can save many of their lives. That’s because the more we eat them, the more that end up in miserable conditions I’ve mentioned above. It just takes a little educating ourselves about these issues. Look into different types of Vegetarians and look into Vegan as well.  If you can work toward any of them then it’s a kind thing to do for animals and yourself as well. Kind Food, Kind You.

 

People Tend To Look Away

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Before I became a Vegetarian, I looked the other way. Although I didn’t eat large quantities of meat, I didn’t know how to cook without meat nor did I know what I would order at restaurants. I just turned it off. It was too much of a hassle.

But one day I obtained a pamphlet about the use of animals as food. The photos seared into my brain. I kept the pamphlet but ‘put it away’. Closed my eyes. But when something is seared into your mind…it never lets go. So after a couple of years I found the pamphlet and began to THINK. To think about the animals that are killed by the droves. To think about how ‘they’ must feel.

Not long after that in the Summer of 2000, I was driving down the road and saw a mother cow rubbing up against her baby. That was my turning point. I thought to myself, “they have feelings”! If they can love, then they can hurt. That moment I began to try to go without eating animals. I no longer called them meat, I called them what they truly are: animals, beings. For the most part I did just fine in my journey to become Vegetarian. I would cheat now and then, especially at Thanksgiving. Turkey was the last animal to stop eating. Gravy is cheating as well. But for some people, it’s just what one does on their road to completely stopping. It is not a road that I condemn. I commend even the people who are trying to stop by simply eating LESS meat. Eating less meat each week or even whole days will save animals lives. Meat demand is high. If people ate less meat, the demand would lessen and fewer animals would have to die. I understand that farm animals consume MUCH more water than people realize because the demand for meat is high. If the amount of meat consumed was reduced, (reducing the population by less demand) this may prove part of the answer to the need for human water consumption!

I am a Vegetarian, not a Vegan. I do consume both dairy AND non-dairy substitutes. Whether I one day go Vegan remains to be seen, but consuming non-dairy alternatives works just like the meat scenario: the less the demand the more lives saved.

If one becomes Vegetarian it is wise to do your homework when buying eggs and dairy. Find a farmer who treats his/her animals well or find a good natural foods store and ask about the farms or those who own the farm. I like Happy Eggs. A link to a video will follow at the end of this post. Of course the Happy Eggs are pricier, but having a clear conscience is worth the price to me. I have my own hens/eggs, but they do not always lay eggs due to weather extremes, therefore I must then buy them at the store. I have a lot of land where they roam free. They are a joy to watch and care for.

I will be posting Vegetarian and Vegan recipes each week to help anyone on a journey to go meat/animal free or dairy/egg free. It’s a journey I have been most happy with as each year passes. It’s a process that may take time, but have patience with yourself. Grow at YOUR pace. It’s not a race, it’s a lifestyle.

The Happy Egg Company