Ellen Pompeo appeared on “Ellen” on Tuesday, Nov. 27 and revealed that she owns several hens and one male rooster. When one of her neighbors asked Pompeo via email for a fertilized chicken egg because the neighbor does not have a rooster, the “Grey’s Anatomy” star was happy to oblige, even though she had never met the neighbor.
The interview took a decidedly negative turn for vegans when Ellen DeGeneres, the host of “Ellen”, revealed to Ellen Pompeo that she eats eggs from her neighbor’s chickens “because they’re happy.” DeGeneres told Ellen Pompeo that she and wife Portia de Rossi hope to raise chickens of their own someday.
The video of Ellen DeGeneres chatting with Ellen Pompeo about eating eggs from happy chickens was posted to YouTube, but the video has since been made private and is not available for viewing. The portion of the egg eating comments in the interview on the “Ellen” website also appears to have been removed.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have repeatedly spoken out about their vegan lifestyle, bringing awareness to animal rescue, promoting turkey rescue at Thanksgiving and launching a Facebook game to help animals.
The outcry from vegans after the Tuesday, Nov. 27 admission is widespread, with the website Our Hen House posting a rather nasty blog post on Wednesday, Nov. 28 denouncing Ellen DeGeneres as a vegan, even calling out people who become vegans for health reasons, rather than for the rights of animals.
“And you weren’t one of those friggin’ health vegans, either (no offense, Rosie). You were true blue for the animals. We were even publicly criticized for not attacking you when, despite your seemingly firm commitment to ending animal cruelty, you remained the spokesperson for Cover Girl — a company that continues to employ horrific animal testing methods. It was contractual, we surmised. Kind of like a rich and famous person’s version of not throwing away an old, leather belt. Her relationship with them needs to be phased out. Or maybe she’s working on the inside to turn things around! Ellen still does so much for animals; let’s not throw her under the bus when we might not have the full story.”
But the bloggers at Our Hen House are not cutting Ellen DeGeneres any slack over this latest revelation. Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan blast DeGeneres further, saying:
“Maybe it’s not the case with your probably fabulously wealthy neighbor, but are you under the impression that everyone who keeps backyard birds gives them all the room they want, lets them perch in trees, lets them lay their eggs wherever seems good to them? Of course not. They need to be in coops, so people can take their eggs from them. Sometimes those coops are really, really small. And they have to be protected from predators, since just by having chickens, we humans are subjecting them to dangers.”
People choose to become vegans, vegetarians, ova-lacto vegetarians, pescatarians and flexitarians for a variety of reasons. The bloggers at Our Hen House may want to keep that in mind if they wish to continue their mission of enlightening non-vegans about the unsanitary and cruel conditions in which animals intended for consumption are raised.
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