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Okay, I'm only 16, so I'm living with my parents. I've been a vegan for about a year and a half. Anyway, their always bugging me about why I have to eat eggs, how I need iron and protein and so on (both of which I get enough of). Anyway, they've been buying free-range eggs for a while(especially my mom), and I approve of that, because although I'd rather they we're vegan(when in fact, they're omni), its better than factory farms. But anyway, my dad somehow seems to think that they're buying the eggs for me, and says if I don't eat at least one from this carton he bought, he's never going to buy them again. your <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"><br><br>
Basically, I suppose he won't stand for anything but the smallest cages he can find. I don't know what to do, please give me
 

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There are alternative sources of iron and protein (not that you don't know that). If you were to find a reliable vegan source of those nutrients, would your parents let up and not force eggs onto you? Remind them of the serious psychological consequences of them forcing you into such things...
 

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Thanks for the tip. I did get my iron tested for my birthday, and it was perfect, so that was good. But the problem isn't so much getting them to believe I'm healthy, it's getting them to still buy the free-range eggs, even though I don't eat them. Because I think it would be better than if they were to go back to the regular old factory-farm style eggs
 

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There is no point in getting them to continue buying the "free range" eggs, because there is little or no difference between "free-range" and battery cages. Many "free-range" chickens are actually kept in battery cages, and the ones who aren't are stuffed into a huge building where there are too many birds (thousands) for the hens to establish a social order, and the hens end up trying to kill each other. Free range eggs are pretty much the same cruel eggs at higher prices.<br><br><br><br>
The only way to get "cruelty free" eggs is to find someone who keeps chickens as pets and purchase eggs from them.<br><br><br><br>
Eggs are incredibly unhealthy anyway, loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol, so in terms of health benefits, no one in your family should be eating them.
 

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don't sweat it, treehugger1. you aren't responsible for anyone else's choices, period.<br><br><br><br>
and ita w/what MRSSHF is saying wrt "cage free" eggs- the bigger difference lies more often in a matter of semantics than it does in the way the hens are actually treated.
 

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Look in your local health food store to see if they carry local eggs that you can find out how the chickens are raised and what they are fed. The only eggs I still occasionally use are from a woman who lives locally and has organic cage free hens that run around and play in the sand and sunshine. I will not use any other eggs.
 
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