Did you think by buying cage free, free range eggs that you were buying eggs laid by hens who spent their days in the great outdoors, soaking up sunshine and fresh air? I did. I had gone from buying cage free to free range after being informed that cage free didn’t really mean that the hens were free.
Today I saw a petition on Change.org that chickens can be labeled as “pasture-raised” even if they’ve never been outdoors. While I don’t eat chicken, I do eat eggs and investigated further. On the carton of eggs I have from Organic Valley, stating that they are cage free and free range, there in tiny print it says they have access to the outdoors. Access is the loophole.
The Organic Valley eggs are not on the list of humane products. If you’re interested, here is a list from the ASPCA on humane products.
I am one day closer to being vegan. Ignorance is bliss until it isn’t.