Wildcard Wednesday (MOFO #3) – Should Vegans Eat Eggs from Rescued Hens?

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Welcome to day 3 of Vegan MOFO! My theme for the month is making recipes from non-vegan books both vegan and gluten free. However, on Wildcard Wednesdays I will be taking a break from my theme to discuss topics about veganism.

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I hope you’ve come across the brilliant new vegan magazine that hit the shelves this month! It’s full of recipes and insightful articles and is a thought provoking read from cover to cover. One of the interesting articles in the first issue of Vegan Life was a discussion called “If you have rescued hens, is it acceptable to eat their eggs?”

In my opinion eating any kind of eggs is against the key principle of veganism which is that we don’t eat animal products. No exceptions! This does pose the question of what to do with eggs that are lain by your rescued chickens. The article argues that food waste is a huge problem in this country and therefore throwing edible eggs away would be criminal.

I agree with the point that if you eat eggs you cannot call yourself a vegan. But is the label more important than the lifestyle? I’d like to know your opinions on this controversial topic! Would you eat eggs?

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12 thoughts on “Wildcard Wednesday (MOFO #3) – Should Vegans Eat Eggs from Rescued Hens?

  1. Great post!

    I don’t think it’s vegan to eat eggs and if I had rescues I wouldn’t do it. Partly because I think it’s gross but also because I don’t view those products as food or the chickens as producers of food. To eat the eggs myself would go against my relationship with animals/change the way I view them.

    I think it’s unfair for people to place the blame of food waste on someone who has adopted rescue chickens, to me it borders on making vegans feel guilty for feeding their cats meat because it contributes to the meat industry. Yes, there is a lot of food waste, part of that is due to humans mass breeding domesticated animals and then dumping them when they’re of no use. Vegans no longer contribute to those animals being born but due to the irresponsibility of the people who do, it’s our limited resources that often go into keeping them. Why should we go against our principles because of this?

    Whilst I wouldn’t eat them, I wouldn’t spend my energy being angry at people who do, but they shouldn’t refer to themselves as vegan, it just confuses things.

  2. Sorry if I’m posting this twice..I don’t think my last comment went through.

    Great post, here’s my take..

    I don’t think it’s vegan to eat eggs and if I had rescued hens I wouldn’t do it. Partly because I find it completely disgusting to eat what is essentially a period but also because I don’t view eggs as food or chickens as producers of food. I think if I were to eat those eggs it would change my relationship with animals/how I view them and I wouldn’t want that.

    I find placing the blame of food waste on vegans who rescue hens really unfair and I did not like seeing that side of the article. It’s like when vegans are made to feel guilty for feeding rescued animals meat because it contributes to the meat industry. Yes, there is a lot of food waste, but a lot of that comes out of the demand for products that require mass breeding of domesticated animals who are then dumped/slaughtered when they’re no longer profitable. Vegans do not contribute to their existence but quite often end up taking the unwanted ones in despite having limited resources. Why should we go against our principles because of others irresponsible actions?

    Now, this doesn’t mean I’m going to go and shout at anyone who does eat eggs from rescued hens, there are more crucial issues to be dealing with right now. But I don’t accept that it’s vegan and would rather people who do this don’t label themselves as such, it blurs the lines and makes people on the outside confused about what we do/do not eat.

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