After seeing these horrific images, I'm really regretting the two hard-boiled eggs I had for breakfast this morning.
Eggs are packed full of protein and they're easy to prepare, making them an ideal breakfast option for people on the go. Before you decide to eat your next omelette, however, you need to know what's happening to male chicks and female ducklings every day in egg industry. While you might be tempted to say these images came from somewhere in the developing world, they were taken right here in the good old USA.
Brace yourself. These images are gruesome and heartbreaking. Personally, they're going to stick with me for a long time.
As soon as baby chicks are old enough to be sexed -- often on their first day of life -- they are "culled." The females, who will be able to lay eggs, are stuffed into cages. While a few males are kept for breeding purposes, the majority are killed immediately. Male ducklings, on the other hand, are kept for their meat, while the females are culled.
Up to 350 million baby chicks meet this horrific fate each year. It may sound odd, but the lucky ones are placed in plastic bags and suffocated.
Why is that lucky, you ask? Because the majority are placed onto a conveyor belt and dropped into a grinding machine.
The result is just as gruesome as it sounds.