Please don’t contribute to cruelty at Easter

This Easter, why not enjoy some vegan chocolate eggs rather than eggs laid by hens who are imprisoned on egg farms? About 367 million hens are raised for eggs in the United States each year, and most spend their lives confined to tiny wire mesh cages, stacked tier upon tier. The wire mesh rubs off their feathers, chafes their skin, and causes their feet to become crippled.

“Cage-free” eggs aren’t all they’re cracked up to be, either. Research shows that up to 86 percent of hens on cage-free farms suffer from broken bones, largely because they spend much of their time in crowded, windowless sheds with no access to the outdoors–they aren’t given the space they need to develop strong bones and muscles.

When hens begin to lay fewer eggs, they’re sent to the slaughterhouse, where their throats are slit and they’re often scalded alive.

Since male birds are useless to hatcheries–both conventional and “cage-free”–because they don’t produce eggs, and because they’re not bred to produce the excessive flesh desired by the meat industry, they’re either suffocated or ground-up alive.

Please don’t contribute to such cruelty at Easter, or any other time of the year.

Heather Moore

Norfolk, Virginia

The PETA Foundation