Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Happy Eggs


David Suzuki is one of my heroes. He writes a column for the Vancouver Sun called Small Steps where he lists simple things that each of us can do to make a difference to the health of our planet. All the little things we do will add up to make a big difference.

One of the little things I do is support the Vancouver Humane Society. This society works hard to promote and ensure the humane treatment of animals.

In recent months they have focused on the plight of battery chicken (egg-laying hens that are kept in small cages.) On their Chicken Out! website (http://www.chickenout.ca/project_information.php) they describe the living conditions of these chicken.

"In battery cages, there is no space for hens to flap or stretch their wings. When they try, their wings sometimes become trapped in the bars of the cage. Vertical space is limited and hens are often unable to stand up fully and raise their heads without hitting the bars of the cage.

Their beaks are sliced off with a laser or hot blade to prevent pecking at other birds.

The birds are clearly suffering from extreme feather loss, and you will even see some escaped birds left to languish on a pile of manure three feet deep.

Battery barns in Canada hold thousands of cages, each holding five to seven birds, in tiers of two to eight cages high, with farms averaging 17,100 birds."

All it takes is one small step by consumers and we can end this cruel treatment of hens. We simply have to purchase free-range eggs (or Happy Eggs as my family calls them.) (The picture at the top of this post is of happy, cage-free birds.) The eggs of cage-free birds cost a little more, but it is worth it. Just check out the photos on the Chicken Out! website and you'll never buy eggs from battery chicken again.
Shelley

14 comments:

Leslie said...

Wow,Shelley...not only is your writing so interesting and fun to read, it is also a learning experience! Thanks for sharing this important informtion with us. Sometimes we just need a head's up to make positive changes.

giggles said...

Dearest Shelley I can’t believe I found you here! I was trying to encourage my blogger friend Lucy to publish her child’s novel by using you as an example. Upon my google search I found you have a blog. I almost jumped with glee that you are a blogger! I read all your archives and look forward to reading more. This chicken post has me too chicken to click the link! I can’t watch any cruelty to animals or children even on a News cast! I will take your word for it, and make an effort to buy free range eggs. Any recommendation where to get them?

Loved hearing that your “Sister Wife” novel will be published, it sounds like an interesting story! I’ve kept up with some of the news on that issue. I imagine it would be emotionally draining to write! Congratulations on all your success and more of it to come! So glad you are a fellow blogger. You can read a little about Laura and Barb on my blog too! Unfortunately I am the only blogger out of the group. I am reading a rough draft of a book Laura wrote for the reluctant reader!

I could relate to the crazy makers post, setting stringent boundaries around that! Why is it assumed we aren’t busy if we write? I have been blogging since March 2006 and have close to four hundred and fifty posts under my belt. A few years ago I discovered art too!

So good to see how well you are doing. I have google searched you a few times to watch your accomplishments or recommend a book to a teacher friend. This time was a complete surprise! I am linking you to my side bar, and again Congratulations on your success!

Hugs Giggles (Sherrie)

giggles said...

Oh yeah, I'm presenting you with a Rockin Girl blogger award because you are so special! You can read about it on my blog!! Today’s post is dedicated to you!

Hugs Sherrie

Anmaru said...

Hi Shelley:

Yes, I am a perfectionist (but I am working on it) ...

Other reasons for delay in commenting:
- couldn't remember my Blogger password
- wasn't sure whether Born 3 eggs were free-range or not. But I checked and they are not!

I have been alternating Born 3 with organic. Apparently, organic implies free-range. So I have been doing OK 50% of the time.

And thanks for inspiring me to check into this!

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