Dear Vegan Abby,
I really like eggs. Can I eat cage-free or free-range eggs and still be a vegan?
If you’re not yet a vegan and you feel you can’t stop eating eggs - for whatever reason – then be “almost vegan” and eat a few eggs every now and then, but no other animal products. Choose eggs that come from hens who have been treated less cruelly than conventional egg-producers treat their hens. (In practical terms, that means find someone who raises hens for eggs. Go and visit the hens yourself to ensure the “humane”-ness of the operation. Indeed, if you insist on eating animal products, you have an ethical obligation to visit the farms where your animal products come from.)
But if you’re serious about preventing animal suffering, please go all the way and go vegan! Stop eating any kind of animal product, including so-called “free-range” chicken eggs. Here’s why:
For the animals,