Bill Roberts- Don’t get me started on “free range” chickens. In order to be able to post that definition on eggs and chicken meat, all the farmer is required to do is A. Open one of the doors on the wire cage which all of the chickens are crammed into so tight they’re growing out the sides and thus can’t move or B. Put them all on the ground of the warehouse instead of in cages.
Putting them on the ground is actually less humane, because there is no grate keeping them away from their droppings, and the resulting air ammonia content is about 7 times what it is in the cages. Either way, their beaks are cut off with hot irons to keep them from eatting the chickens they spend their whole life growing against. How do I know this isn’t hype? I’ve worked with these chickens before. They couldn’t even walk and were scared of light (they’d been kept in the dark their whole life) when we first got them.
IMO, it would be indefinitely better if these animals had never been born.
If you’re going to eat meat, at least try to find a local farmer where you can see the animals and their conditions before they end up on your plate. That’s the real type of farming to support with your dollar. Don’t fall for this free range, grass fed hype.
You are using a false argumentation method. Showing that some things claimed to be cage-free are in fact bad conditions does not mean that there is no such thing as good conditions.
As Zandar said, though not in these words, any vegan that really cared about the animals first rather than their philosophy first could easily find eggs produced by chickens raised in good conditions. Either by seeing for themselves at suitable farms, or buying a product such as: http://www.bornfreeeggs.com/cage-free-eggs.php
Not buying these eggs results in fewer chickens being able to live at all, and to live under these good conditions. It isn’t really for the sake of the animals that vegans don’t consume eggs, for example, produced under good conditions. Except under the “I’d rather they not live at all, for their own good” argument which personally I don’t find applicable for these conditions.