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
If the hen has mated with a cock and she lays an egg, then that egg is fertilized. If the hen has not mated and she lays an egg, then that egg is unfertilized. So by saying that you know the eggs are not fertile you mean the chickens don’t have a male companion which is cruel. They enjoy being with a cock as much as you enjoy spending time with your boyfriend/husband. That’s every animal’s instinct but you are forcing them into a sexless life. And also never let them to experience being a mother and raise their chicks. This is inhumane and not cruelty-free. You are still exploiting the animals for your own benefit which is nothing more than a piece of cake.
You are seriously know nothing about chicken behavior if you believe that. Chickens do not enjoy sex like most other animals. Those ladies do not need a man. I have 5 rescued hens who love their life, but I also used to have a rooster. He nearly tore one of my hen’s comb off, and he was always attacking them. Roosters are mean and hens enjoy the freedom they have without them. I had to give him away. Also chickens have no use for unfertilized eggs. Not eating them would be an absolute waste.
A vegan is someone who does not eat any animal products, so no, you are not a vegan.
It doesn’t matter about your reason for not eating some products, a vegan is simply someone who does not intake any animal products.
In my personal opinion, it’s good that you’re not supporting animal abuse but you’re still eating a potential animal life. If you hadn’t eaten the eggs, perhaps your chickens would have children to care for. We shouldn’t eat eggs in my opinion, but to answer your question, you’re not a vegan.
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. 🙂