Egg Action Week

The U.S. produces about 75 billion eggs a year. Cartons labeled by phrases like “cage-free,” “free-range,” and “pastured,” adorn egg packages in most markets. But what do these phrases mean? The vast majority of egg-laying hens live lives of extreme deprivation and cruelty.

Even chickens on so-called “humane” farms suffer shorter lifespans and genetic maladies because their bodies produce hundreds of eggs per year–many more than any other non-domesticated bird. That is why the Animal Legal Defense Fund hopes you will take part in our week of egg-related actions. Join us for a week without eggs by going egg-free this week, and take action each day. By the end of the week, you too may see that staying egg-free is the only way to be!

Make Every Week Egg Action Week

Our egg action week has concluded, but you can still take action any week of the year! Use the links below, and make a difference in the lives of countless chickens.

Monday Action: Survey

How do your eating habits impact animals? We asked everyone to take our quick survey and tell us what kinds of eggs (if any) they eat on a regular basis. Check out the results!

Survey results

Leave a comment below if you eat eggs that aren’t covered by this survey.

Tuesday Action: Tell ALDF Your Egg Story

Were you duped by Olivera’s Egg Ranch?

Cage-free is not cruelty-free. Concerned consumers aren’t just buying the product–they’re buying the story behind the product, and the promise that hens owned by Olivera’s Eggs lead decent lives with outdoor access. If you are a California resident and purchased Olivera’s Eggs mistakenly believing the hens had outdoor access, please contact

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Wednesday Action: Go Beyond Eggs

Watch an interview with CEO of a company working to make eggs obsolete.

Bill Gates recently came out in support of Hampton Creek Foods, a business working on the question of the “humane egg.” Their answer? The most humane egg is one that doesn’t come from a chicken. Watch our interview with Josh Tetrick, CEO of Hampton Creek Foods, creator of Beyond eggs, and get his perspective on why egg-free is the way to eat.

Thursday Action: Scavenger Hunt!

Are they really “happy chickens?” Show us your deceptive egg label.

A lot of people are going on Easter egg hunts, but we have a special scavenger hunt of our own. Often times egg packages show something different than the reality of how hens are raised. We need your help finding deceptive egg packaging in grocery stores, farmers markets, or anywhere eggs are sold. Tweet us your eggs!

If you are one of our many Twitter followers, tweet a photo to @ALDF of egg packaging that you believe might be deceptive. Happy chickens playing in a field?

Tweet a photo to us that clearly shows the questionable image or claim on an egg package. Make sure to include the brand of the egg in question. Good hunting!

Friday Action: Share Your Recipe

Cooking and baking without eggs is easy, healthy, and delicious.

We have collected a large number of egg-free Easter recipes for you to use. Check out our Pinterest board for cupcakes, brownies–we have savory, sweet and everything in between. Take a look at what we’ve got cooking, and share your recipe too!

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