The egg industry sickens me and anyone who believes that eating eggs causes no harm to chickens, need to read articles like this.
The first paragraph:
In this rich agricultural region of Northern California, ranchers have been turning chickens too old to lay eggs into compost at a rate of a half-million hens a year.
But some chickens not properly euthanized have been seen crawling out of the compost piles, earning them the name ``zombie chickens'' -- and hatching a debate over what else might be done with them and other ``spent hens.''
Link to the full article.
News like this is so frustrating and I'm not even sure what I can do to help. Living by example and sharing information are the first steps though.