"If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian."
We recently decided to stop eating eggs. B and I had talked about it off and on for a couple of years, but never really wanted to give them up. After all, eggs are cheap, fast, and easy to make. A lot of American breakfasts are sweet and unhealthy, but eggs can balance out a pancake or help you sneak in some veggies in an omelet. They were definitely a staple in our weekly grocery shopping.
Then I saw this video circulating through some blogs that I read. It's undercover footage of what happens to baby chicks after they hatch at a breed-hatchery, and it's pretty gruesome. The group that took the footage admits that their sole purpose is to get people to stop eating eggs. Something needs to be done, but I certainly don't have the answers.
I hesitated to show it to Robotson, but then I thought he was old enough to know where our eggs come from. First I asked him if he wanted to see it and I explained that it might upset him. Then I let him watch it and decide what he thought for himself. Not surprisingly, he no longer wanted to eat them. At least for a few weeks.
Yesterday, he told me he wished we still ate eggs. I'm trying to find a good tofu scramble alternative, but not having much luck finding something the kids will like. I told him I missed having egg options too. I've considered going to the local farmer's market and picking up eggs there. I even briefly considered raising our own chickens. Not sure the neighbors would go for that though. Pretty sure our dog would not. Robotson had a different idea. He wanted to call his hero, Dr. Floyd. He felt certain that if Dr. Floyd did a podcast on the treatment of these chicks, then the factory workers and everyone else would see how wrong it is and stop immediately. So he gave him a call. It went something like this:
"This is Robotson from before (he's called several times). I live in Georgia and I'm eight and a half now. I watched this video of how they treat baby chicks, so we can eat eggs, and it's really bad. They kill all of the boy babies by grinding them alive and cut all the girl babies' beaks a little bit off. Sometimes they fall down and just die or get burned by really hot water. Can you tell everyone that works there that it's not right to treat chicks that way? I want to eat eggs again."
I'm not sure what, if anything, will happen, but I was so proud of Robotson for making that call.