In addition to the connection between sexism and speciesism illustrated here:
The birds do not dig being in a cage-free facility, which is like being in one large cage.
They don’t dig the fact that they are bought from hatcheries that kill all the male chicks. The male chicks do not dig that much either.
They don’t dig being debeaked.
They don’t dig forced molting, which is still used by some egg producers (conventional and “cage-free”).
They don’t dig the terrifying journey to the slaughterhouse, often transported long distances without food and water.
They don’t dig being subjected to an absolutely horrendous death.
They don’t dig being treated as commodities by a bunch of trendy wannabe do-gooders who are desperate to pat themselves on the back for being “compassionate” as they continue to support the torture and death of sentient nonhumans for the sole reason that they like the taste of animal products.
They don’t dig the obscenity that most of the large animal organizations express “appreciation and support” to Whole Foods:
Come to think of it, there’s not much that they dig, actually.
What these poor creatures would dig is if you went vegan and stopped exploiting them.
If you are not vegan, please go vegan. Veganism is about nonviolence. First and foremost, it’s about nonviolence to other sentient beings. But it’s also about nonviolence to the earth and nonviolence to yourself.
Gary L. Francione
Professor, Rutgers University
©2013 Gary L. Francione