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.
Sarah E. Brown, a blogger for “Vegansaurus”, as well as “Queer Vegan Food” is upset with the vegan and lesbian icon for her revelation. Brown posted to the “Vegansaurus” blog on Tuesday, Nov. 27, saying in part:
“I’m admittedly hella disappointed my queer vegan mentor has gone eggy, but Ellen’s admission could be a great springboard for the vegan movement to have a real debate about this weird backyard egg fad. As a vegan movement, we need to address this issue. I suggest doing tons of studies and throwing mad science at the debate by exposing more of the health and environmental dangers of eating backyard eggs, not to mention the big potential for mistreatment of chickens when they stop producing eggs. While I commend actresses and performers for wishing to care for chickens and treat them humanely, I wonder what will happen to these chickens when they stop laying eggs, or if they find lead in the eggs? I have a hard time thinking that every Hollywood eco-conscious person will suddenly want pet chickens once they stop producing; Will they then justify turning them into “happy” humane chicken meat? It’s a slippery slope.”
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.
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