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Avoid buying eggs from hatcheries to help reduce slaughtering of chicks

Imagine putting a baby chick in a blender. Could you press the button? Basically, this is “standard operating practices” at egg industry hatcheries.

After the chicks are hatched, they are placed on a conveyor belt and passed to employees whose job it is to determine the sex. They have no use for roosters, so they are thrown alive into meat grinders. This is legal because chickens are specifically exempted from the federal Animal Welfare Act.

So, why don’t they save those chicks and raise them for meat? According to the industry, unlike the broiler industry where chicks reach slaughter weight in 45 days, these will take too long to raise and is considered economically unfeasible, so it’s cheaper to destroy them.

It makes no difference if the egg carton is labeled “cage free” or “organic”; they all operate the same way.

The only way to stop this is to stop buying from these companies.

If you want eggs for breakfast, buy only from people who have backyard chickens. Meanwhile, try egg-free baking using a quarter cup of pureed banana, squash, pumpkin, applesauce or soy yogurt per egg. Other substitutes include one tablespoon of ground flaxseed and 3 teaspoons of warm water, one tablespoon of vinegar and one teaspoon of baking soda, or two tablespoons of cornstarch and two tablespoons of water. I’ve tried most of these, and they work fine.

Ray Wilson | New Middletown, Ind.