The Incredible IN-EDIBLE Egg
One reason is that the US egg industry periodically removes all food from laying hens for up to two weeks straight in order to manipulate egg production. This practice, known as forced molting, impairs hens' immune systems, causing them and their eggs to become infested with disease organisms.
STARVING HENS AND SALMONELLA-INFESTED HENS AND EGGS: The Link
- USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service: "FSIS recognizes that public health concerns are raised by highly stressful forced molting practices. For example, extended starvation and water deprivation practices lead to increased shedding of Salmonella enteritidis (Se) by laying hens subjected to these practices." – Letter to UPC Aug 21, 1998
FORCED MOLTING & SALMONELLA: The Science
- "Influence of Disease on Egg Quality," Egg Industry, June 1999:
"Reduced feed and water intake is the most detrimental and
universal aspect of disease" in hens used for egg production (p.
- "Salmonella Control and Molting of Egg-Laying Flocks – Are They Compatible," University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service (Fact Sheet VM 92, July 1994): "The stress resulting from an induced molt significantly depresses the cellular immune response in laying hens and will increase the severity of a concurrent intestinal SE infection. Molted birds shed significantly higher numbers of SE during a forced molt as compared to unmolted birds. The ceca and colon of the molting hens also have more severe inflammation than non-molted birds. . . . No matter what specific or combination of factors are involved in causing increased susceptibility of laying hens to SE infection, the fact remains that laying hens undergoing a forced molt by feed removal are under stress and are more likely to become salmonella shedders as compared to non-molted hens."
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- Tell The Today Show to stop promoting the Incredible In-Edible
Egg. The majority of eggs come from suffering, sick, debeaked
hens imprisoned in filthy wire cages and subjected to deliberate
starvation. Many survivors choke to death when food is returned
to these featherless skeletons following 1-2 weeks of "feed
withdrawal." The debeaked hens cannot preen or eat properly
either. They develop tumors and suffer from phantom limb pain in
the nerve endings where the baby hen's beak was amputated at the
hatchery. Every egg is filled with misery, and the egg industry
is merciless. This industry suffocates to death and grinds up
alive a quarter of a billion male chicks every year because
roosters don't lay eggs. The Today Show should not support this.
Factory eggs are neither healthy nor humane.
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