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
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.
The problem is that chickens need eggs after they’re laid for nutrients they’ve lost. Chickens lay eggs so often they (usually) eat their own eggs if they haven’t been fertilised. This is completely normal and natural. Google it a bit and see what you find 🙂 If they don’t eat them then I don’t think it would be wrong to eat them but I know I wouldn’t. I don’t think humans are meant to eat animal products and they aren’t meant for us. Maybe give them to friends though so they don’t buy eggs that have came from cruelty? Its up to you 🙂
Not vegan, no but it’s more compassionate than majority of vegetarians who eat eggs and no other animal products. If someone is going to eat eggs, though it is better not to, then they should be from pet hens looked after properly and whom will die of old age.