I had a minor internal ethical debate this afternoon. In one of the aisles in Coles somewhere between bread and pasta sauces. I had to make a tough decision.
I had to pick which eggs to buy.
Okay, as usual, I'm exaggerating. But honestly, I do take this issue quite seriously. I was torn between buying free range eggs and those dirt cheap Coles brand eggs. One 6 pack of eggs cost between $2.70-$3.60 while the coles one costs between %1.20-$1.70. COME ON. That's a HUGE difference!
I'm trying really hard to reduce my spending. I've been buying half of my stuff from generic brands. From baked beans to softener, they're just waaaaay cheaper and it does help me save up. So, why should I spend extra money on something I can get at REALLY low prices?
Here's why: Imagine obese chickens sitting in cages stacked next to each other. They can't move much and get little or no light. They live their life without even touching real grass. All they do is lay eggs. Everyday. For the rest of their lives.
I'd take the free range eggs, thanks.
At least the chickens are able to roam around happily in yards, where they can graze and eat worms. The eggs produced are actually healthier as they're low in saturated fat and higher in Omega 3. They're also usually free from antibiotics and pesticides which are usually given to caged birds to prevent them from catching diseases due to confinement and high densities.
I know one person buying free range eggs aren't going to stop factory farming but hey, it eases the guilt and torture I get from picturing all those chickens de-beaked and stuffed in filthy cages. It's all personal preference anyway.
ps: I would never eat foie gras out of my own free will either. Force feeding duck and geese so they can get gruesomely enormous livers is cruel and inhumane.