The Harm You Do

Every year for Mother's Day my brother gives my mom a Carvel ice cream cake. And every year they ask me if I want a piece. And I say no, it has eggs in it. And they say why would ice cream have eggs in it. And I say I don't know, but I'm pretty sure it does. And then I read the ingredients and there are the eggs in the bold typeface allergen alert section.

It's sad really. You'd think you could avoid eggs by having ice cream cake instead of conventional cake, but no.

The strangest part is when someone suggest I eat around the egg containing parts. As if I just don't like the taste. To eat around them and discard them would be more wrong than eating them in my mind. Chickens suffered and I"m just going to enjoy it anyway, but throw away the part I find offensive. That's totally backward to what I"m trying to do by not eating eggs.

But then some people... most people, just don't get it. They think if it the brand is called 'Born Free' the chickens are actually born free. They think if the carton is certified by the humane society that that means it's all right. Sadly, that is not the case.

It does seem futile. So many people eat meat and eggs. And I myself eat cheese. But I do what I can. The best I can. Still have vegan aspirations. But cheese is hard to give up. And milk is an ingredient in so very many foods. I don't think anything will actually change because of my personal food choices. But the less harm I do the better.


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