In case you might have missed it, we feed all of the eggs laid here at Triangle Chance for All–by the chickens and by Nemea the duck–back to the birds.
Typically we collect the eggs, boil them, mash them up with healthy extras like coconut oil, red raspberry leaf, and ground flax seed, and we make bedtime snacks for everyone with the eggs and fresh greens and fruit (sometimes we just break them on the ground, raw). Everyone has come to expect their evening treat plate…and they let you know if you are late!
By feeding the eggs back to the birds who laid them, we hope in part to return some of the vital nutrients that were pulled from their bodies to make the eggs…almost every day…and thus hopefully avoid some of the devastating health problems that most domesticated egg-layers face. And, of course, the birds LOVE to eat their eggs.
Clementine and Amandine enjoy their favorite treat: one of their eggs!
Along with that, we recognize that providing sanctuary to our residents means not using them or what they produce. This is a core principle of ethical veganism. Their eggs are not ours to steal, and we could never justify supporting or normalizing egg consumption by humans in any way. To do otherwise would be to place them in the same position as where we rescued them from, and that is not what sanctuary is about.
The New York Times recently published a disturbing expose of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, a tax-payer-funded testing facility run the by federal government that is seeking to create bigger, better, more productive versions of farmed animals.
The NYT story is utterly horrifying in what it reveals about the callous treatment of individual animals–from hormone injections to spur growth to selective breeding for greater litter sizes to abandoning unwanted babies and allowing them to die. And much, much more. As the article states:
Pigs are having many more piglets — up to 14, instead of the usual eight — but hundreds of those newborns, too frail or crowded to move, are being crushed each year when their mothers roll over. Cows, which normally bear one calf at a time, have been retooled to have twins and triplets, which often emerge weakened or deformed, dying in such numbers that even meat producers have been repulsed.
Then there are the lambs. In an effort to develop “easy care” sheep that can survive without costly shelters or shepherds, ewes are giving birth, unaided, in open fields where newborns are killed by predators, harsh weather and starvation.
One days’ worth of eggs from TCA hens = the number of eggs laid per year by their wild ancestor.
The reality of the situation is that these obvious tortures are not restricted to “factory” farming; they are inextricably connected to every farmed animal, no matter where they are living or how they are treated. All farmed animals grow at certain rates (like the “broiler” chickens raised for meat who are killed at six weeks old, long after they have become crippled by their own bulk), have certain numbers of babies, lay a certain number of eggs–all as a result of human manipulation–through selective breeding and more invasive genetic tinkering.
The resident hens at Triangle Chance for All are perfect examples. Each one of them will lay between 250 and 300 eggs per year, unlike her wild ancestors, who lay between 10 and 15 eggs per year. All domesticated hens are victims of their own hijacked biology, and most will die well before their time because of this. In the case of other animals, their premature deaths typically come at the hands of a human–either because their flesh is desired or their productivity (and thus their usefulness) has waned.
We can try to stave off this death, but there is only so much we can do. The only true way to stop the suffering of future generations is to go vegan and end the demand for ALL animal products, and if possible we can liberate animals from the oppression in which they live. But by going vegan, we take a huge step away from this endless torture by ending the demand for the altered, exploited bodies of the mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters.
Today we are traveling with Nestor, the blind baby goat whom we rescued from a small goat dairy farm, to his new forever home at Full Circle Farm Sanctuary.
We at Triangle Chance for All want to share our thanks with Nestor for helping us, and so many people, realize the power that one individual can have when given the chance. Nestor has become such a strong, outgoing, lively little guy, and he has such an amazing future ahead of him. It is remarkable to think how much he has changed in the last month that we have been fostering him; it is sad to think that he almost did not have the chance to do so, and that so many other individual farmed animals never will.
Thank you also to the many, many people who have followed and supported Nestor over the past few weeks. Your support made it possible for us to provide care, from day to day and in the medical emergency he faced.
The billions of farmed animals killed and exploited every year for human ends are all individuals, each as unique as our beloved blind baby goat. Nestor has helped bring that point home so clearly, and we wish that he might be an ambassador for the animals, bringing one revolutionary message: “Please go vegan.”
From all of us at TCA, thank you.