Hi Bloggers, Don't you just love opening the door in the morning, stepping outside, and filling your lungs with fresh clean air? I love these light mornings, makes me want to hop out of bed. My day seems to be starting earlier and earlier, from an 8am start in the winter, I now have an extra hour and a half a day, by getting up at 6.30am. Next week, 6am I think. For me, the mornings are the best part of the day.
Do you ever start writing a post, then change direction half way through it? I do, that's why it sometimes takes me so long to spit the words out. I had an idea in mind for today, but that has gone on hold, all because I saw something else which took my attention whilst researching on the internet.
So, back to mornings, what do you have for breakfast, I bet many of you eat eggs, boiled, scrambled, fried, or poached. I admit to a liking of scrambled eggs. Now I have always bought free range eggs. They may be a bit more expensive than eggs from battery hens, or barn hens, or God forbid hens from other countries where animal welfare is not even considered.
Thankfully battery cages have now been outlawed in this country, but that does not stop cheap eggs being imported from cages elsewhere in the world. Another type of cage has replaces the small battery cages, now we have 'Enriched cages for laying hens'. On checking these out I can't see that this system is any better. Instead of one hen having it's own small space, now they cram between 10 and 60 hens in a bit larger space. These new cages can be stacked 6 to 12 tiers high, so as far as I can see there is no improvement at all for hen welfare. Check out this web site on the new cages.
Here are three videos for you. The first is the rescue of battery hens in their new life.
And don't be fooled into thinking eggs from barn hens are any better. Take a look at these rescued barn hens, they are just as featherless as their caged counterparts.
And another on how hens should be kept. Free ranging in a field.
The evidence is there for all to see. Please please please, buy only free range eggs. Direct from a farm or small holding is best, ask to see the hens running free. Check the boxes at the supermarket, they must say Free Range, anything else is not acceptable. They try to dress the labels up by adding the words, Grade One, or Best Eggs, or Class One, or Sunshine Eggs, or Sunny Eggs, or any other such misleading words. You don't want eggs from Poland or wherever, you want British Free Range Eggs.
Yes, I know money is tight, but think of the poor hens which are suffering. Think about opening the door in the morning to take in clean fresh air, hens deserve that too. Maybe compromise on having the best quality eggs, but perhaps not quite so often. Enjoy your guilt free breakfast.
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