Animal Aid

Easter - time to resurrect compassion

Posted 9 April 2009

It’s Easter time - shops are full of cards bearing images of cute, fluffy yellow chicks and shelves are stacked to the ceiling with milk chocolate eggs. But in reality, the egg and dairy industries are not as pretty as the pictures on the cards.

Each year, 30 million day-old male chicks are gassed or shredded alive by the egg industry, because they cannot lay eggs and don’t put on weight quickly enough for meat production. The majority of their sisters end up in battery cages but within just two years, they are unable to produce the amount of eggs required. Considered worthless, they are killed and their worn-out bodies used for cheap meat products.

The dairy industry is just as unkind. Calves just a few days old are stolen away from their mothers, so that the milk meant for them can be bottled up for human use. Regarded as waste by-products, many of the male calves are simply shot in the head shortly after birth. Others will be sent on traumatic journeys to Continental veal farms and many of the females will replace their mothers in the dairy herd. Cows would naturally live for as long as 25 years, but by the time she is five, the dairy cow is likely to be physically exhausted, lame and infertile - worn-out, she is sent to slaughter.

So this Easter, drop dairy and eggs with the help of Animal Aid’s ‘I can’t believe it’s…vegan!’ dairy- and egg-free recipe booklet. It is packed full of delicious savoury dishes and dreamy desserts, including a mouth-watering trifle. In fact, this booklet offers all the information needed to adopt a compassionate diet, including nutritional advice and shopping tips. And it’s absolutely FREE.

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