Caged PETA Members To Urge Goans To Go Egg-Free This Easter

For Immediate Release:
26 March 2013

Bhuvaneshwari Gupta; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Group Points Out Extreme Suffering of Hens, Offers Cruelty-Free Options for Holiday Feast

Panaji, Goa – Confined to cages and holding signs that read, “Say No to Eggs – Go Vegan”, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will protest against the intensive confinement of hens on egg factory farms on Thursday. PETA’s point? That hens used for their eggs are forced to live in cages so small that they can’t even spread a single wing. PETA will tell passers-by about delicious egg-free options, which will allow residents to make all their favourite Easter dishes without harming a feather on a chicken’s back.

When: Thursday, 28 March, 12 noon sharp
Where: On the public pavement at Panaji Market, near the INOX cinema, DB Bandodkar Marg, Panaji, Goa.

“Egg production is cruel and also entirely unnecessary because it’s easy to cook without eggs”, says PETA India nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “And because they’re loaded with cholesterol and saturated fat, eggs are also bad for your health. People who want tips on going egg-free can order a copy of PETA’s free vegetarian/vegan starter kit by writing to [email protected].”

For leavening, mix 2 teaspoons of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of warm water or 1 teaspoon of baking powder with 1 teaspoon of vinegar to replace each egg. For binding purposes, Ener-G Egg Replacer is perfect. You can also mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water as a replacement for each egg.

Millions of hens used for egg production spend their entire lives crammed inside tiny battery cages. Baby birds have their sensitive beaks cut off with a red-hot blade. Since cages are stacked one on top of another, faeces from the birds on top fall onto the birds below. Stress and constant rubbing against the wire cages cause hens to lose their feathers, and the birds’ bodies become covered with bruises, abrasions and boils. After their tired and worn-out bodies are no longer useful for egg production, they are sold for slaughter.

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