Why dont vegans eat eggs or cheese?

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Question by Brad: Why dont vegans eat eggs or cheese?
Ive always been curious about how vegans eat and wondered by they dont eat things like cheese or eggs or anything like that comes from animals. I know that they dont eat meat which i accept but i dont understand how they dont eat eggs or cheese. I mean come on chickens laying eggs isnt hurting it or milking a cow/goat for the cheese doesnt hurt them. Im not being im arrogant i am just curious. If you are a vegan please enlighten me on what you do eat.

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9 Responses to Why dont vegans eat eggs or cheese?

  1. Cows have to be impregnated to give milk, just like people. If the resulting calf is male, it is sold for veal. After an average of four years, a dairy cow is “pumped out,” and is then slaughtered for meat.

    One problem with eggs, even “free-range,” is the disposal of unwanted male chicks. Male chicks don’t lay eggs and don’t grow fast enough to be raised for meat, so they are considered useless, except for the few used as rooster studs. Hence, 90% of male chicks will be killed by the cheapest means available, including suffocation in plastic garbage bags, and being tossed, while alive, into a grinder.

    Less than 5% of laying hens are cage free, which means the rest reside in battery cages.
    The factory farm system of egg “production” depends on debeaking and antibiotics. Factory farm hens are debeaked with a hot machine blade at one day old, causing severe chronic pain and suffering. Antibiotics are used to control the rampant viral and bacterial diseases of chickens in crowded confinement, and are used to manipulate egg production.

    Caged for life without exercise while constantly drained of calcium to form egg shells, battery hens develop the severe osteoporosis of intensive confinement know as caged layer fatigue. Millions of hens become paralyzed and die of hunger and thirst inches from their food and water.

    Battery hens suffer from the reproductive problems associated with their being deprived of movement – bits of eggs clog their oviducts which then become inflamed; eggs are formed that are too big to be laid; uteruses “prolapse,” pushing through the vagina of small birds forced to strain day after day to expel huge eggs. Factory farming created a new disease called fatty liver hemorrhagic syndrome, characterized by an enlarged, fat liver covered with blood clots, and pale combs and wattles covered with dandruff. In recent decades, hens’ oviducts have become infested with salmonella bacteria that enter the forming egg causing food poisoning in consumers.

    ☮Jen D☮
    January 25, 2014 at 4:03 pm

  2. Unlike vegetarians they eat absolutely nothing to do with animals period. They dont drink milk either! I guess eggs could form into chicks and baby calfs are killed so the mothers milk is untouched. Watch the documentary Farm to Fridge on youtube but be advised its not for the faint of heart!

    January 25, 2014 at 4:39 pm

  3. The vast majority of animals raised for eggs or dairy lead lives of unimaginable suffering and die cruel deaths. Dairy cows spend years in a concrete stall or filthy feed lot before they are slaughtered. Calves and are quickly separated from their mothers, confined in tiny pens, and then killed for veal after only a few months of life. Chickens raised for eggs are crammed in tiny cages and have their beaks clipped to prevent them from hurting each other due to stress from confinement. These animals are killed with a bolt to the head or a knife. Male chicks are thrown into trash bags to suffocate or ground up alive.

    Salette Andrews
    January 25, 2014 at 5:29 pm

  4. Vegans think we shouldn’t use animals for our own ends. Animals should be free to lead a natural life.
    Farms where chickens or cows are penned in so that their secretions can be extracted from them would not exist if there was no demand for those products and Vegans don’t participate in creating that demand.
    B.t.w. I’m not a Vegan, I’m just explaining the philosphy.

    January 25, 2014 at 6:05 pm

  5. They are still animal products, that is what draws the line, they use none of them, just like a leather belt.

    January 25, 2014 at 6:31 pm

  6. It’s still cruel to the animal. Laying hens (in commercial farms) are confined to a tiny cage where they live their whole life.
    Milk cows are treated slightly better, because they get to live outside (from what I’ve seen), but they are fed food that has ground up dead cows in it (gross – cows are meant to be vegans, and then they get fed other cows that have died from illnesses), and they get their calves taken away as soon as they’re born.

    Plus, eggs and cheese aren’t always considered healthy. Cheese is processed and full of chemicals, and has saturated fat in it. Eggs have cholesterol (which is fine unless you already have high cholesterol) in them, and some people are allergic/intolerant.

    January 25, 2014 at 6:48 pm

  7. I’m not positive of where it all came from but the whole point of being a vegan is to stay away from all things that come out of animals even if it does not harm the animal itself.

    January 25, 2014 at 7:05 pm

  8. Actually the farms your eggs and milk come from do hurt the animals. In most egg factories the chickens are confined to tiny cages, or crowded into overpopulated pens, in dirty, gross conditions. Males are sent to slaughter.

    The dairy factories are even worse! Female cows are impregnated over and over again to provide a surplus of milk. If a male calf is born it is sent to slaughter or to a veal farm. Once the mother reaches about the age of 4 she, herself, is sent to slaughter (bear in mind cows can live to be about 20 yrs old!).

    January 25, 2014 at 7:45 pm

  9. I’m not a vegan, but I think most vegans don’t eat eggs or cheese because they have a significant amount of saturated fat and/or cholesterol sometimes. I heard one woman say that she doesn’t do milk because that milk is being taken away from a calf who needs it. As far as eggs are concerned, unfertilized eggs will never hatch, and it’s almost like the chicken had it’s period. It’s not like a chicken abortion though.

    January 25, 2014 at 8:14 pm

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