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To be mildly irritated at being told to use free range eggs

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Kungfutea Sun 16-Jun-13 02:54:50

So many recipes sanctimoniously say to use free range eggs. Nothing else is free range and there seems to be no concern for the welfare of any other animals.

Obviously eggs from caged hens would work just as well, people don't buy free range for the flavour (at least I don't notice a difference).

I know, not a big deal (and as it happens I do always buy free range and we try to buy humanely farmed other animal products) but I do find it a little irritating and a bit hypocritical for a recipe to specifically state that free range eggs should be used. Leave the ethical decisions to me, thanks. Aibu?

TheDeadlyDonkey Sun 16-Jun-13 16:50:46

I'd like to have a cow in the garden. Not sure what the neighbours would say though smile

ParadiseChick Sun 16-Jun-13 16:54:47

Ethics are all very own when the morals you are upholding are your own and you can afford them.

BaconKetchup Sun 16-Jun-13 17:13:25

sweetestcup why don't you care how chickens are treated? is it only chickens or does that extend to all animals?

RoooneyMara Sun 16-Jun-13 17:33:02

I'd like to see much better welfare for dairy animals too, but ideally we wouldn't eat anything from cows unless it was 'spare' - the dairy industry is dependant on the veal industry rather more than is comfortable.

I was a vegan for a long time, vegetarian for even longer.
I was extreme...then I realised we can't control our society, sometimes certain things are difficult to fight against and we just have to roll with them.
Being vegan, esp with children can make you very unpopular and hard to cater for, travelling and going out become a massive planning issue and shops aren't geared up to say what you can and cannot eat, not very clearly anyway.

Being veggie is much less scary. What we can do however is TRY. We can try and get organic milk. We can try and cut down on the animal based stuff we use. We can buy free range eggs where possible (they don't cost that much more - I give ours away)

and we can try and buy outdoor reared, free range meat too. That's what we do when we buy meat to cook - which we rarely do. Much of the time we eat veggie as it's just easier in many ways, and cheaper.

It's not perfect but it's a start and it's a compromise, for the time being. Trying to be veggie in the 80s was a nightmare. It's much easier now - and I hope that trend continues.

Chunderella Sun 16-Jun-13 19:33:47

It is quite amusing to me that someone would compare a womans right to autonomy over her own body with hens and then call others offensive. Personally I don't much care about animal welfare and am happy to say so. I don't buy eggs at all, not because I'm at all interested in the hens but because I don't like them. I buy decent chicken because the cheap stuff is rank, not because of a deep concern for how the animal lived. If I were poor, perhaps I'd still avoid cheap chicken but it would be because I prefer pulses to value stuff if so. This is because I matter more than animals, a view shared probably by more of the planet than oppose it.

WMittens Sun 16-Jun-13 19:52:47


I do care about animal welfare btw but I'd always prioritise a human over a chicken.

"There is no virtue in feeding a live fish to a starving dog."

You would always prioritise a human over a chicken? So if you had to choose to save Ian Huntley or a chicken from pain and death, you would choose Huntley? There are plenty of humans that I would leave in a burning building in favour of animals.

WMittens Sun 16-Jun-13 19:54:49


You know, historically, in parts of Europe, wolves predated upon humans

Urgh. It's "preyed", damn it.

sweetestcup Sun 16-Jun-13 19:56:02

sweetestcup why don't you care how chickens are treated? is it only chickens or does that extend to all animals?

Only the ones me and my family eat!

BaconKetchup Sun 16-Jun-13 19:58:33

How unfeeling of you

EugenesAxe Sun 16-Jun-13 20:01:12

YANBU - any inanimate object telling me what to do tends to evoke a 'fuck off' from me.

Only yesterday I read a recipe that said 'try to use organic or responsibly sourced salmon'. I would always use the latter, but I did begrudge being told I should.

BaconKetchup Sun 16-Jun-13 20:05:47

Surely a recipe in itself is 'telling you what to do' hmm

sweetestcup Sun 16-Jun-13 20:06:36

If you say so.

sweetestcup Sun 16-Jun-13 20:07:06

Chickens arent pets to me, they are food.

BaconKetchup Sun 16-Jun-13 20:10:13

They aren't pets to me either, but I still think it's sad how they are treated.

ParadiseChick Sun 16-Jun-13 20:13:34

Recipes should tell you what to do, yes, as in mix this with that and chuck it in the oven for 35 minutes.

Recipes aren't there to reconfigure your moral compass.

ohnoudidnt Sun 16-Jun-13 20:14:42

Some people are just disgraceful.I started a debate about this a few years back,and it is very sad to see some folk have not changed one bit.... Putting a few pence before the quality of a life towards a living creature.Makes my blood boil,especially when they could easily substitute another item and pay the extra but no....which says quite clearly to me it is nothing to do with being hard up,just that they simply do not give a shit.
Completely agree with Rooney.....

sweetestcup Sun 16-Jun-13 20:15:33

I'm sure it is, but budget trumps that I'm afraid. Generally I buy large packs of chicken breasts out of the cash and carry monthly and if I run out then I would buy the value ones form Asda etc. Taste fine to me.

ParadiseChick Sun 16-Jun-13 20:18:10

Disgraceful? I would suggest keeping the insults for those who deserve them, like proper nasty people, not this choosing different eggs than you.

sweetestcup Sun 16-Jun-13 20:21:04

Oh here we go.

ohnoudidnt Sun 16-Jun-13 20:23:04

When I was at my local supermarket on Friday, a woman had a trolley overflowing with branded goods....radox , cathedral city cheese, etc and then chose the cheapest eggs.... I honestly thought why could she not swop just one item out of that mountain of a basket and pay a little extra towards eggs that the bird has had a little better life? Some people.

ohnoudidnt Sun 16-Jun-13 20:24:34

Yes Paradise. Disgraceful.....being that we are discussing this issue

RoooneyMara Sun 16-Jun-13 20:26:53

Chunderella, reading this back I have to agree with you I sound like a twit. smile Sorry

Chunderella Sun 16-Jun-13 20:30:40

No problems. Fair play for being willing to take it back.

RoooneyMara Sun 16-Jun-13 20:32:46

I should never post when sleep deprived. It all made so much sense when I had just woken up blush

ParadiseChick Sun 16-Jun-13 20:42:54

Perspective. Get some.

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