Published by Michelle Reynolds.

With Ener-G Egg Replacer, the VeganEgg, the neat egg, aquafaba (ooh, aquafaba), and loads of other egg-free upgrades readily available, if you want to make an omelet, you don’t have to break a few eggs. Here are the top nine reasons why people are saying “oh, shell no” to eating eggs:

1. Because even just three eggs a week can kill you.

Eat just three of these cholesterol bombs a week and, as researchers have found, you’ll drive up your chances of developing heart disease and dying early.

2. Because male chicks are thrown into a grinder:

3. Because if you eat an egg, you’re eating a product of chicken menstruation—yuck:


4. Because eggs (not surprisingly) contain things like embryos …

… blood clots …

Just cracked an egg and this came out.

… and the cords that connect the yolk to the shell:

5. Because many chickens are crammed into battery cages …

… where their waste falls on one another …


… or in filthy warehouses (yes, including chickens who lay “free-range,” “organic,” and “cage-free” eggs):

6. Because babies never meet their moms:

7. Because farmers manipulate the hens’ egg-laying cycles to make them produce many more eggs than they normally would: Koldewijn

8. Because after about two years, their bodies wear out and they’re slaughtered:


9. Because chickens are really, really freaking cool:

And eating eggs isn’t. Chickens have their own language, and mother hens start teaching their babies to cluck even before they hatch. Hens sit in their nests clucking softly to the eggs, and the babies chirp back to their mothers and to each other from inside the shells. Chickens develop complex social structures and maintain close relationships with friends and family, not unlike humans. People who live with chickens say that the birds love to curl up in their laps, snuggle with them in bed, and sit on the arm of the sofa while their humans read.

Running to see her favorite human

An egg belongs to the hen who made it. She worked really hard to make it. We didn’t.

I’m Ready to Stop Eating Eggs

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