I stopped by Lotte with my wife the other day in Springfield or Burke, VA. I forget which city it lies in. We needed some eggs and my wife wonders how eggs can be so cheap versus others. I wanted to get to the bottom of it and did some research. How do they make them so cheap? Because they don’t care about animal life. Worst conditions, worst treatment. That’s how you get cheap eggs. I’ll gladly pay the extra money to know my chicken isn’t kept in a 1 foot cell with barely any food, sick, can’t lay down, and inhumane conditions. Also probably bludgeoned to death afterwards as well. I decided to write a letter to Lotte and see what they might have to say about it. If they can maybe stop the selling of those eggs and be on the right ethical path. There are obvious signs its a growing trend by having these alternative eggs grown ethically. Its just one more step needed.
Dear Lotte Management,
I have frequented Lotte Plaza for many years now. I have always enjoyed shopping at your store for its quality products, great prices, and wonderful atmosphere. I am a loyal customer who will continue to shop at Lotte for years to come.
But I come to you as a customer with a pressing matter. Over the years, I’ve noticed at your grocery store along with others a growing trend to provide higher quality and ethically raised eggs. With Lotte on the forefront to provide a large variety and cost friendly ethically raised and sustainable eggs such as Alderfer eggs. I did ample research and found one egg company you carry, Hillandale Farms, is a notorious unethical, cruel, and abusive egg producer. They have repeatedly over years continue to treat their chickens in inhumane conditions. Their efforts to make improvements are minimal and action less. (Links below)
I ask Lotte management to greatly reconsider selling eggs from Hillandale Farms. That Lotte is a place that has compassion for animals where its products come from and does not condone suffering. A small but yet impactful step for Lotte set the industry standard would be with the eggs you sell and no longer carry eggs from cruel business practices like Hillandale Farms. And whether now or in the future, no egg products sold at Lotte will be from businesses with unethical practices.
A common argument for businesses such as Hillandale is that stopping them is “anti-business”. That is not the case. It is simply that we do not condone it because we are anti-suffering. There is no need for suffering just to produce cheap eggs. The same logic is when society does not want to buy clothing produced in a child sweatshop. Are people anti-business? No we just don’t like children to suffer. Its simple.
Your customer base are moral and compassionate individuals who no longer wish to stand for such cruelty. They will support such progressive and moral choices that you make. This will go along with great principles you hold dear of leading, listening, pride and loyalty. Thank you for your time and look forward to hearing from you.
My mission is to address man’s relation to the animal world. This often comes with how we treat animals as pets but also encompasses our own relation to food. Food a daily ritual to survival and also happiness. And a new revelation disturbs me on many levels.
Many foods we eat are meat and a part of an animal. Whether it be ribs of a cow, the belly of a pig, the wings of a chicken. We eat flesh and meat, we grow it until it is worth slaughtering. But one thing that was so accustomed to me all my life I just again never really sat to think about. Our family friend is heading to Vietnam and asked what we needed if anything to bring back. Often what is expensive and hard to get is baby shrimp. This shrimp can add lots of flavors to our noodle dishes. My mother and mother in law use this all the time. Ive known to grow up seeing and eating it in my meals.
But then a simple word, went unnoticed. The keyword “baby”. Yes its just a animal, just a lower life form, it makes our food taste great. But I mean, lets say it again, BABY shrimp. Baby Shrimp. Lets get BABY shrimp to add to our soup. Yeah one of the main ingredients is a BABY shrimp in asian noodle soups. I couldn’t stop repeating this to myself and it actually hurt my head. Do we really need to use a baby for noodle flavoring?
I’ve seen in the China Towns of New York where large baskets or containers are filled to the brim with tiny little shrimp. They also fetch a high price. It is so commonplace in our culture I just never even noticed. How could it be that we need to use a baby. I mean I think the word baby, I think of my pregnant wife with my child. I think of my niece who is a little over one years old. Just innocent babies with no understanding and so free and happy about the world. Just about to embark on life and take on all it has to offer.
But wait, these babies don’t get that chance? These babies are just harvested for flavor. They get no chance at life, they get no chance to swim and be free. Merely a fraction of there anticipated is lived. Life is already short and we cut it even shorter to the 1% of what it should be. We take babies by the millions and kill to use for flavoring. I have no idea how they are harvested or killed. But I can’t imagined it to be very good. Probalby in some small pond where it is cramp and dirty. That is the only life they know. A sad existence.
I visited the Korean store H Mart the other day, and then I also saw baby crabs as mini meals served. Thousands of babies served. Also what little life do they have. What value did we place on them. Nearly nothing. While before my revelations to turn vegetarian and the rest of society. This is common place. There is no wrong doing or immoral placed on here. So what is there to change. But now i’m sickened at the sight at the thought of what happens to babies of any kind.
My eyes were opened once again at same of the many horrors we humans can do. Yet it is infused in our culture and food. No other thoughts or resolutions. Just sadness.