My outlook on things is that if you REALLY care about not causing the suffering of any animals, including chickens and hens, you will not eat eggs! You will not drink milk, either! By eating eggs - unfertilized or not - you ARE taking something from a being - a living and soul-full being. If I were a scientist, and took an unfertilized egg from a female woman, I would be taking her chance to have that very child. See my logic? By eating their eggs, you are taking their possibility to a family, and a good life. Free-range? So if I took some of you ladies, throw you in a field, and every now and then remove one of your internal eggs, that would be the life? I would think not.... Then again, I am not a woman.
And then you have milk. Milk....milk....milk... Why? There are suitable and animal-free milk AND egg alternatives. Alergic to soy? Sorry to hear that! Have some almond or rice milk. Is it really necessary to take a cows milk, though? Whether it is done humanly, or inhumanly on a factory farm, should not matter. You are still taking the milk, which is produced solely for their young.
Now, before you all bash me, I will say that I really appreciate Vegetarians for doing their part. You guys are great! You are helping a lot by not eating straight meat. But, you cut out meat... so why not go the full monty? Eggs and dairy consumption should not make you a caring being, in my eyes. I understand that this may make you all hate me, but I just don't understand how you can give up Meat and all other forms of it, but not milk and eggs, given all of the healthy alternitives.