"Organic Valley does, however, permit debeaking."Pete and Gerry's egg-laying hens do too:
"We tried not debeaking," Jesse said, "but it didn't work for us."Those quotations are from a book I'm reading, The Way We Eat. The copyright is 2006. Maybe things have changed. (Update: Things haven't changed, according to the Cornucopia Institute.)
I guess I can add them to the list of brands that use debeaked hens:
- Giving Nature
- Nature's Yoke
- The Country Hen
- Trader Joe's
The hens are debeaked to prevent them from pecking at one another. The treatment is likened to cutting off the tips of a person's fingers.
So, if we eat these eggs, we either find this practice ethical, or we are acting unethically. Is there another choice? I suppose being ignorant, or just not knowing ... which is a category I fell into for a long time.
I just remembered that the Cornicopia Institute lists egg producers who do not debeak. See their Organic Egg Scorecard.