Although eggs are a common part of people's everyday diets, do you know what kind of lives laying hens lead? Held on May 30, the Health Inspection Office's "Raising laying hens humanely: About eggs & making egg foods" class taught participants about the everyday lives of laying hens and how to raise chickens humanely. Held in the Gonghao Social Residence in the Ankang Section of the Fengyuan District, this was the first class held by the Health Inspection Office in the city's social housing, and brought the concept of respect for life deep into the community.
The leading roles in this class were the laying hens that spend every day laying eggs for us. Most people are unlikely to come into contact with these laying hens in their everyday lives. Perhaps many people do not realize that, for the sake of convenient feeding and gathering of eggs, laying hens are commonly kept in tiny "battery cages." These hens lay eggs day after day until they are no longer young, and are then discarded. This approach to egg production comes at the cost of the hens' freedom and health. In recent years, in response to growing animal protection consciousness, many egg farms have begun implementing "humane care of laying hens." This concept seeks to provide the hens with sufficient space for free movement, letting them care for their feathers, sharpen their claws, and engage in more of their natural behavior. It also provides them with laying boxes, which allow the hens to calmly lay their eggs in a shelter location.
Mr. Lin Yu-cheng, who was the speaker on that day, noted that only healthy hens can lay healthy, delicious eggs, which is why we should promote the humane treatment of these laying hens. Lin not only spoke about the everyday lives of laying hens and how they can be humanely treated, but also told listeners many interesting and useful facts about eggs, such as how to select and store eggs. At the end of the class, the participants used eggs from chickens raised under humane conditions to prepare a delectable caramel pudding under the speaker's direction. Hearing the speaker's account of the lives of laying hens made the participants cherish the hard-won eggs in their hands even more.
In contrast with ordinary apartment buildings, social housing relies on co-creation, sharing, coexistence, and mutual learning to promote the concept of "the common good" in interactions between residents. By extending the spirit of the common good to the humane treatment of laying hens and animal welfare, this activity also echoed the idea of harmonious coexistence in social housing. The Health Inspection Office hopes that people's concern and respect for animals will not end at superficially cute puppies and kittens, but will also reach economic animals. Even if we still have far to go when it comes to concern for the welfare of economic animals, supporting the humane care of these animals is the least we can do.