I cook a lot and one of the main ingredients are eggs, sometimes I use handmade substitutes but I also use my own chickens eggs. I never use store bought because I know of the abuse, yet I do have my own chickens. They lay a ton of eggs and knowing they are not fertile I suspect it is okay to eat them and still call myself vegan. I’m not particularly sure so I would love some advice! Thanks <3
Personnally, I think that’s okay, I do the same thing. We have chikens at home & they are free to go where they want, they have a nice life, we talk to them each day, etc… They don’t suffer from lay, they do it naturally each mornings & they are not babys ’cause we don’t have a cock. So I think this is okay. 🙂
I would say that the primary reason to abstain from animal products is either the factory farm abuse of the damage to the environment or the taking of an innocent life. Since this does not infringe on any of those, you would still be considered vegan in my book. That being said, I urge you not to, try to substitute anyway. It is just my opinion.
You would be considered an ovo-vegetarian. Don’t worry about the backlash you get from the elitists vegans who shun you from their prestigious label. You don’t want to be lumped in anyway right? Its about doing your part 🙂
Another problem with taking their eggs and taking other products from animals is that it is treating animals as “property” – a status which results to lots of suffering and death of animals in our society:
“Francione argues that the current legal standard of animal welfare does not and cannot establish rights for animals. As long as they are viewed as property, animals will be subject to suffering for the social and economic benefit of human beings.” http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/books/animals-property-and-the-law/
“The chickens need the eggs to replenish their vitamins and minerals.” Um…What? I’m all about everyone having their own opinion. But you state this as a fact which is simply untrue. Have you ever seen a chicken or rooster eat their own egg for vitamins and minerals? Negative. In the history of ever.
As a vegan myself I have considered this wondering if it makes sense morally. The only way I have seen it making sense in a way that I could be comfortable with it is if 1.) I rescued the chickens somehow and was able to improve their life 2.) They laid unfertilized eggs that would have otherwise gone to waste.