Letter to the Editor -McDonald's Egg Pledge Is a Small Step
McDonald's pledge last week to start using cage-free eggs is only a
small step in preventing staggering suffering endured by millions of
Hatcheries that annually supply 200 million female hens for U.S. egg
production, including cage-free, also kill the same number of male
chicks at birth by grinding them up alive in industrial macerators or
suffocating them slowly in plastic garbage bags. The female laying hens
endure a lifetime of misery, crammed with 5-6 others, in small wire-mesh
cages that cut into their feet and tear out their feathers.
Eggs are common carriers of food-borne bacteria, including Salmonella,
Campylobacter. Listeria, and Staphylococcus. USDA estimates that
Salmonella alone accounts for 1.3 million U.S. illnesses and 500 deaths
Eggs contain saturated fat and cholesterol, key factors in incidence of
heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. They are a common cause of
allergies in children.
Waste from millions of egg-laying hens ends up in waterways, rendering
vast areas unsuited for recreation or water supply.
The good news for compassionate, health-conscious, eco-friendly
consumers is that our local supermarket offers a number of delicious egg
substitutes and egg-free food products. Entering "egg-free" in a search
engine returns tons of recipes.