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Hen eggs are 99.99% not alive

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Hen eggs are 99.99% not alive

Postby Sekha » Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:32 pm

For those who are keen on destroying as little animal life a possible for the sake of their food, it may be useful to know that by consuming eggs they have 99.99% chance not to encourage anyone to destroy life.
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Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:30 am

Hi Sekha,

Is it your point that it is 'good' to eat eggs since they are not alive (unfertilized eggs)? There are however, other issues, such as:

* Are the hens grain fed or free range? (if grain fed, then crops still need to be harvested, insects, other 'collateral' damage will occur)
* When more hens are bred to make more egg-producing birds, what happens to the males born? (usually they are ground up for chicken meat parts, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, pet food, etc.)

If your point is to inflict the least amount of violence, I agree, but we need to also keep in mind the issues above, i.e., it may not be that non-violent after all.
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Re: Hen eggs are 99.99% not alive

Postby hanzze_ » Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:18 am

You know, actually all life dies and there is plenty of food as long there is place for live, but we don't like ugly food, death things and we have much fear that it might not die. So most killing comes form fear, for storage, from making food looking beautiful. That goes on, as long as we look for "good" food, we force killing even or ideas are well meant but do not see the whole.
Could an industry be able to provide in such ways, if we would not have a refrigerator fist. What are the things which make those ways possible, where did we step into the trap?

Was it the egg with chicken droppings on the eggshell some thirty years ago? Or was it the bad egg falling on your nice food some twenty years ago?

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Re: Hen eggs are 99.99% not alive

Postby Sekha » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:25 am

@ David: my position is that I do what I myself can do to minimize violence on animals. But I don't pretend eating violence-free food and I don't consider myself responsible for what the food industry does. If they had the same line of conduct, there wouldn't be any problem. The solutions lie in their hands, not mine. All I can do is try to choose the brand that has the highest standard on respecting animal life. I can't stop eating!

Of course if I have the choice, I will eat only rice and lentils (the easiest to cook : P). But if I occasionally choose to eat an egg, I do not consider myself as breaking the moral line I chose for myself.
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Re: Hen eggs are 99.99% not alive

Postby dragonwarrior » Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:53 pm

Right Livelihood, samma ajiva
Abstention from making a living that harms others, including trading weapons, trading in human beings (such as slavery), intoxicating drinks, narcotics, poisons, handling animal flesh such as a butcher, or killing animals.

I wonder if selling eggs or egg-based products considered as killing/wrong livelihood?

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Re: Hen eggs are 99.99% not alive

Postby daverupa » Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:10 pm

They aren't fertilized eggs, at least in grocery stores in the West, so it does not apply. It would take a chicken version of "every sperm is sacred" to make the opposing argument.

The more complex issue revolves around the conditions those animals live in, as stated above.

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Re: Hen eggs are 99.99% not alive

Postby Hanzze » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:54 am

Just that! *smile*


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Re: Hen eggs are 99.99% not alive

Postby DAWN » Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:21 am

Eating eggs is encourage slavery :|
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Re: Hen eggs are 99.99% not alive

Postby Hanzze » Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:49 am

Who says? Eating it self does not have anything to do with what was before the egg was on the table. Wanting an egg and do not care about where it comes from and how it comes on the table might be a different thing.

A fertilized egg even freely given a perfect present, it might even taken release the hen form the illusion to have a task to sit on it.
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Re: Hen eggs are 99.99% not alive

Postby DAWN » Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:04 pm

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Re: Hen eggs are 99.99% not alive

Postby Hanzze » Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:02 am

Just that! *smile*


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Re: Hen eggs are 99.99% not alive

Postby DAWN » Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:44 am

Our body is not made for klling. Humin cant kill a cow olny with his body, human cant kill a pig only with his body. Body is not made to kill, if it is be made fot it, our body and it phisical capasity will be different
If we give to one little baby a poult and an apple, instanctively, he will eat an apple and play with poult. Our mind is not made to kill.

i will not continue this discussion because those who killing others to survive will not stop killing others to survive, and those who can living without killing others will not become a killer. So i prefere still here.

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Re: Hen eggs are 99.99% not alive

Postby Hanzze » Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:57 am

Just that! *smile*


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Re: Hen eggs are 99.99% not alive

Postby DAWN » Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:59 am

When the one is bhikkhu, the one is bhikkhu, and he eat that is given.
When the one is lay man, the one is not bhikkhu, and he have a responsability of what he eating. By buying a food and clothes, he oncourage the production of this food or this clothes, he pay peoples for that they do this food or clothes. If they have not money by doing this food or clothes, they will not do it.

I'am vegan one meal a day, and i do not any effort to not eat meat, eggs, honey, milk and others produts of suffering and slavery, but when i will eat that is given, i wll eat that is given.

The Bouddha have not forbid this kind of prducts, but he said that :

The Great Standards
The Lord Buddha also left us a set of principles that can still be used as a standard to judge new circumstances. These are known as 'The Great Standards.' Properly used they should protect against a wholesale dilution of the Rule.

This is how the Great Standards are formulated:

"Bhikkhus, whatever I have not objected to, saying, 'This is not allowable,' if it fits in with what is not allowable, if it goes against what is allowable, that is not allowable for you.


"Whatever I have not objected to, saying, 'This is not allowable,' if it fits in with what is allowable, if it goes against what is not allowable, that is allowable for you.

"And whatever I have not permitted, saying, 'This is allowable,' if it fits in with what is not allowable, if it goes against what is allowable, that is not allowable for you.

"And whatever I have not permitted, saying, 'This is allowable,' if it fits in with what is allowable, if it goes against what is not allowable, that is allowable for you." (BMC p.27; see also EV, II, p170)


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Re: Hen eggs are 99.99% not alive

Postby Hanzze » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:19 am

Its not wise to argue a laymans life with Bhikkhus rules, it even closes the door to Bhikkhuhood. It is great that you like to be responsible, but unfurtenly it mostly runs out into delusion or let me say grasping of views which is one of the conter aspect of right intention "freedom of ill-will".

It is not easy to understand (because one still craves for many) that there is no way to generalize eating while using matters as an object to observe. The path to wholesome actions is not the clincing to ideas but the honest observing of intentions.

Today there is a great force of "Buddhists the better eater" with ideas of what should be eaten, but if one gets aware how much suffering such generalizations are causing, one would let go of it. Buddha was not anly aware of the bad intention of Devadata but also of the danger that such genralization would close the path and give foolish discrimination its going on. I really suggess you to read those even poor words: (maybe in some days if it absets you to much which is understandable but not for the bad)

If there is a layman able to nourish on food that is not causing killing and ! not causing taking, that it can be maked that be is very lucky or better has done much merits in the past but he will be one under million.

Doing good and doing wholesome is very differnt and needs time and much to be understood.
Just that! *smile*


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Re: Hen eggs are 99.99% not alive

Postby DAWN » Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:01 am

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