From the article: Are eggs vegetarian?
Are eggs vegetarian or do they count as meat? If you're a vegetarian, can you eat eggs? Why or why not? What do you think?
- I'm shocked that so many people assume that every egg becomes a baby chick as if the fertilisation process has nothing to do with it? Do they think if they keep all of their supermarket eggs for long enough they'll have their own flock of chickens? As far as I'm concerned, no animal is slaughtered to make a non-fertilised egg, therefore it is a bye-product similar to honey and in my opinion vegetarian. The main ethical dilemma therefore is on how well the hens have been treated. I consider myself a vegetarian and do eat eggs, but if it doesn't fit with your own moral/health compass then don't - simples.
- —Guest Guest M
Eggs are 100% Non-vegetarian!
- It's not a debate. You are all silly who say eggs are vegetarian.
- —Guest vijay
Yes and No
- I'm a vegetarian - all "vegetarian" means is "a person who does not eat meat, and sometimes other animal products, esp. for moral, religious, or health reasons". I don't eat MEAT, so I'm a vegetarian. That said, people have their own personal definitions, and if yours has to do with abstaining from any foods that result in the cruelty to animals, then you can't eggs, unless you are literally buying them form a local farmer who you know doesn't give the hens hormones and lets them live freely. I would like to stop eating eggs - I stopped using milk almost completely - but my diet is already so limited, it's difficult.
- —Guest mizzemm
Yes, they are vegetarian!!
- Eggs available in the market are unfertilised and will never hatch. Instead they might decay from the inside if not eaten ...just a waste of good food!
- —Guest akash
Yes-they are never going to be chickens
- Eggs are unfertilized. And to the people claiming that vegetarians only eat vegetables, I do not recall fruits and nuts ever being vegetables, yet you continue to eat them.
- —Guest guest
- Eggs can be part of the vegetarian diet. A hen and a rooster would have to mate prior to egg formation in order for a chick to form, so if an egg was present and the hen who laid it never had contact with a rooster then the egg can never become a chick. I don't see any reason why an unfertilized wouldn't be considered vegetarian, as I mentioned before it will NEVER be a chicken, so a consumer would not be preventing life from forming.
- —Guest yes
A silly question
- I believe the term is ovo-lacto vegetarian. Not all vegetarians just eat plants. I have been vegetarian for 19 years. Vegetarianism in my opinion is a process. One would hope you would progress from meat eater to vegan, but not always. Eating eggs are no different from eating dairy products. They are animal products, but not animal, just like honey. Should we not eat honey then either? This question isn't for vegans.
- —Guest susans
They're not meat...
- People are getting hung up on the wrong fact! No, unfertilized eggs will never become a chicken. However they are not a VEGetarian food either. Veganism exists because Vegetarians can't seem to understand what VEGetation is! It's accepted as a vegetarian food, but IMO it shouldn't be.
- —Guest Common Sense
Eggs are vegetarian, people!!
- The egg is not meat. It only becomes meat when the hen mates with the rooster. If the hen does not mate with a rooster it will still lay an egg. You can keep that uncracked egg forever and it won't become a chicken because there is no animal being born. You are not killing an animal if you eat eggs unless the hen mated with the rooster beforehand.
- —Guest Vegetarian Man
This debate is crazy!
- Whoever wrote that article is really crazy! How can eggs be vegetarian? They become an animal! If you are eating eggs you are technically eating that (to be)animal.
- —Guest ghost
Eggs are not vegetarian because...
- Although there is no actual meat in an egg, if you had left it alone it would have grown up into a chicken or something else (it depends on what animal lay), so really when you crack open an egg, you have a miscarriage in your hand. So you are killing a something that hasn't lived yet. It is illegal to do it human babies, so why do it eggs? Why kill animals to eat them? How would you like it if something ate you before you were fertilized? Okay, so you wouldn't know, but that is denying you a chance of life, that is the same with any type of egg.
- —Guest Stranger Danger
- I am a recent vegetarian and I have been struggling with not eating eggs. Truth is, unless you know the farm where the eggs came from you can't trust that they have been treated humanely. "Cage free organic" just means that they're allowed to roam and aren't given any drugs. Those chickens STILL have their beaks chopped off so they don't peck, and if they get ill they are not given any antibiotics to make them better because then their eggs cannot ever be sold again as organic. When the chicken eventually stops laying eggs in a couple years, they are sent off to the same slaughterhouses as everyone else. I've been trying to find a farm near me because I miss eggs so much!
- —Guest Alexis
- Someone said that if you eat eggs from a human female you are not considered vegetarian. I am a lifelong vegetarian, my two kids (17 and 20) have never tasted meat. However they have tasted my human milk, that I also donated to the children's hospital for other newborn babies. If my eggs were to come out in a shell like chicken eggs do, and if they were of nutritious use, I would have no problem donating my unfertilized eggs too. (I hardly ever use eggs, only for the occasional cake.)
- —Guest two annas
Unfertilized eggs are waste
- Chickens do not need a rooster to lay eggs. They lay eggs almost daily according to light patterns. These unfertilized eggs will NEVER become chicks, they are simply a waste product full of nutrients. perhaps that is nature's way of providing extra nutrients to other species that are not so good at absorbing them from plants. Chickens that live a natural life - walk freely on the ground, inside and out - and are fed organic food and treated humanely, produce eggs that are ethical to eat. Ps if you have a cat, and you are vegetarian, giving eggs to the cat is a step towards cat vegetarianism.
- —Guest two annas
- Yes you can. Eggs are confirmed vegetarian. Vegetarians can eat eggs.
- —Guest Sparkles
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