Today, I was having a salad at my grandmas and decided she had nothing great for me to put on it. I decided to take a hard boiled egg and put it in my salad. For being a 13-year-old vegan... is this okay? I know that [obviously] the egg comes from a chicken... but they don't actually hurt the chickens for the eggs, right? If the egg is fine.... then today was my first full day of being completely vegan!! :) Please let me know!!
Thanks.... Becca Hutt
P.S - I am so glad that I went shopping today with my mom and got a whole bunch of vegan food :)
Keep in mind there is such a thing as "free-range" chickens, as well. These are chickens that are free to roam open spaces and are usually fed organic food.
However, I've read that some of these "ranges" are often super-crowded to the point of the chickens walking all over each other. But, that is still better than being kept in a small cage and having their cycles manipulated. Frankly, I've never visited such a range. I'm not one to automatically believe everything I read, so I am skeptical of how bad it is and I am also skeptical that they are ALL like that.
Then there are "free ranges" at the personal level, where people have chickens at their residence. I live in the country and lots of people have chickens there with PLENTY of room to roam and no manipulation of the animal's cycle.
If you can't have your own chickens, or get them from someone who does (and who takes care of them properly), you can look for free range eggs in the supermarket but be sure to do a little research and find out just how crowded that company's "range" is for the animals.
If you're going to be vegan, you might want to also enquire as to what an egg actually is. Given some thought, it's kind of gross.