Oh, dear Gaga.
While arriving at the Grammy’s in an egg you would later hatch out of is not nearly as smelly as the meat dress you wore last year, we’d still rather see you in some animal-free attire, like lettuce leaves.
If you missed the singer’s grand arrival being carried by her servants, or, uh, people paid too much money to join in on the ridiculousness, you can view that below. However, it’s also a perfect time to discuss what goes into an egg label.
Free-roaming? Cage-free? Certified Humane? Gaga Approved?
Confusing terms such as those mentioned above can all be deciphered on the Humane Society’s article on Egg Carton Labels: A brief guide to labels and animal welfare.
The guide lists about a dozen egg definitions and explains if they have any significance to health or animal welfare. Some, like Gaga, are nothing but show.
The “natural” label, for example, has no significance to animal welfare.
“Vegetarian-fed” may sound appealing, as the animal’s feed contained no animal by-products. It does not mean its living conditions were any better, however.
To get the most ethical egg to date, known as Animal Welfare Approved, you’ll probably have to go to the farm yourself.
“The highest animal welfare standards of any third-party auditing program. However, there are no participating producers that sell to supermarkets. The birds are cage-free and continuous outdoor perching access is required. They must be able to perform natural behaviors such as nesting, perching and dust bathing. There are requirements for stocking density, perching, space and nesting boxes. Birds must be allowed to molt naturally. Beak cutting is prohibited. Animal Welfare Approved is a program of the Animal Welfare Institute.”
For more eggucation, visit HSUS.
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