"What if you were forced to lay an egg every single day?" Dani Alexander, an activist for the vegan lifestyle and PETA prophet, said passionately. Sitting around her, a flock of others like-minded nodded. They had a point— what would you do? Probably be bewildered, and then upset.
Sunday at Whole Foods Market, 701 Waugh, the group casually reached out to anyone sitting in the dining annex, encouraging them to watch a two-minute PETA video condemning the not-so-free-range operation of Nellie's Free Range Eggs. In exchange for folks' time, each participant was gifted a Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg powder package in a faux egg carton. It tasted exactly how scrambled eggs smell.
The video showed chickens stacked upon chickens. Another member at the table said that chickens on these farms live about two years (the shelf-life of a chicken averages around ten according to Fresh Eggs Daily.)
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"What about clams?" I asked, thinking about my plans for vongole later that evening. Alexander admitted, "clams and other sea animals are what I gave up last, we don’t know if they feel pain or not."
Animal ethics, overall health benefits, our ecosystem: all tenants of why vegans live the life they do. “You can’t go vegan for just one reason, it’s really all of them,” Alexander explained. While there are different temperatures of vegan fever, the PETA level is the closest to breaking the thermometer. Which is why when the unveiling of “the mercy killings” (PETA-sanctioned animal euthanasia) happened it surprised non-PETA people. As reported in the Washington Post, Daphna Nachminovitch, senior vice president of PETA issued a curious quote, remarking, “there are many fates worse than euthanasia.”
Taylor Luker, another voice from the table, was most vocal in saying that the majority of tax dollars spent goes toward healthcare, insisting that most of preventable diseases, diabetes for example, could be avoided by consuming a plant-based diet. Alexander, two-years-old in vegan years, claims her four-year-old vegan child, who does attend daycare, has never been sick.
It’s hard for consumers to connect the dots while grabbing a flat of eggs to feed a family of six to the conditions of the “prisoners” that laid them. Which is why this Friday, November 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. during the Mayor's Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting at City Hall, Anonymous for the Voiceless, will be masked and armed with gory depictions from an array of animal unfriendly industries. Santa Claus flanked by scenes from the slaughterhouse should make for an interesting evening.