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Do Vegans Eat Eggs? Here is a Contrarian Answer

Veganism is not just about what you put in your mouth. It is also about shifting consciousness and trying to reduce the harm done to animals. That is why we get asked the question “Do vegans eat eggs” all the time. Here is the short answer: eating eggs is not vegan.

Simply defined, veganism is the practice of abstaining from animal-based products. This includes not eating meat or dairy and not wearing leather or consuming other animal byproducts such as eggs. Eggs are even in danger of being commodified as we keep developing laws that allow chickens to be “free-range” and “cage-Free” when they still have their parts cut off and are bred to be unnaturally large and forced to produce eggs.

Eggs are a product of the chicken industry, which is cruel and inhumane. Chickens are crammed into tiny cages, debeaked, and given hormones to make them lay more eggs. Male chicks are killed because they can’t lay eggs. The conditions in which chickens are kept are unsanitary and inhumane.

Do vegans eat eggs from neighbors’ backyards? Those are treated nicely!

Most vegan communities agree that eating backyard eggs is not ethical. They are often a sticky point for new and veteran vegans. Even if you have raised them with love and care, the land for dining on these eggs is simply not sustainable for everyone to do this. There is not enough land for everyone who eats eggs to have their own hens. Not only that, eating eggs, even if they are from your well-taken-care-of, well-loved backyard hens, is just normalizing eating eggs when eating eggs is unnecessary for human survival. Vegans believe that eating eggs from any source is directly supporting the egg industry.

An ethical vegan who values animal liberation chooses not to eat animal products or byproducts. Some people try and justify eating backyard eggs; however, we should not view animals or their byproducts as resources to that we are entitled.

Modern egg-production process

Here is what modern egg production looks like.

  • Putting hundreds of chickens in small spaces.
  • Letting chickens lay way more eggs than is good for them. Wild chickens lay 10-12 eggs a year.
  • Domesticated chickens are bred to lay eggs every day or two.
  • Killing male baby chickens because they don’t lay eggs by throwing them in grinders alive.
    Slaughtering chickens after their egg production drops after about 1 year.
Do vegans eat eggs from neighbors' backyards?

How to substitute eggs?

If you are looking for a way to substitute eggs in your baking recipes, there are a few options that you can try. One popular substitution is to use chia seeds. To use this method, simply mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let it sit for 5 minutes. This will create a gel-like substance that can be used in place of eggs.

There are some other vegan egg substitutes that you can use in baking and cooking. These include flax eggs, and aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas).

Another option is to use a banana. Simply mash up a ripe banana and add it to your recipe in place of the eggs. This works well in recipes such as pancakes or quick breads.

Finally, you can also use tofu. To do this, simply puree 1/4 cup of tofu and add it to your recipe. This works best in recipes that call for eggs as a binding agent, such as in veggie burgers.

There are also vegan egg replacers that you can buy at the store. These products will work in most recipes that call for eggs. Whichever method you choose, be sure to experiment until you find one that works best for your recipe.


To sum up, engaging in a practice that normalizes the commodification of animals for human use is not vegan. Vegans don’t eat eggs, even if the hens are given ample space to roam and every bit of their natural behavior is allowed.

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