Eggs are the new veal
Paul Shapiro, director of farm
animal campaigns for the Humane Society of the United States,
pronounced last fall at a farm animal welfare conference in Toronto
sponsored by the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals that "Eggs are
the new veal."
About 98% of eggs in Canada come
from laying hens that confined in "battery cages," small wire-mesh
cages where four or more birds are crammed together in an area the
size of a microwave oven. Surveys indicate that the overwhelming
majority of Canadians agree that confining farm animals to small
cages that prevent them from turning around is unacceptable.
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The pain and suffering laying hens
suffer during their lives, and at the end of them, is unacceptable.
There is no justification for the exploitation of animals in the
name of profit and pleasure. Although the transition to consume
free-cage eggs would alleviate some of the hen’s suffering, a
plant-based diet would certainly be more effective.