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France Bans The Egg Industry Practice Of Grinding Male Chicks To Death

by | January 31, 2020

The cruel practice of grinding male chicks shortly after birth is to be banned in France by the end of 2021.

The egg industry standard of culling male chicks takes place as these animals are not deemed to be profitable.

Didier Guillaume —The Minister of Agriculture in France — announced the change at a press conference earlier this week.

“We want to move forward, there’s no going back. The government is committed to it” said Guillaume.

“The aim is to oblige firms to do this by the end of 2021. We need to find a method that works on a large scale.”

“Banning Of Painful Practices”

In addition to protecting the lives of male chicks, the French government has also updated regulations to prevent farmers castrating pigs without anaesthesia.

“The ministry is going to publish regulatory texts in the next few weeks to move towards the banning of painful practices in farming husbandry” Guillaume promised.

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Only male chicks are deemed to be profitable by the egg industry (Photo: Lungkit/Shutterstock.com)

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The egg industry views only female chicks as useful because they are raised for both egg laying and meat. The males will either be ground alive in purpose-built machines or suffocated.

Germany declared in 2015 that chick culling would be outlawed by 2020 — a change that would prevent the deaths of 45 million chicks annually.

The German government has since backtracked on this promise, and is instead working on technology that enables the farmer to determine the sex of a chick before it hatches. This would allow the destruction of male eggs before birth.

The technology is estimated to be ready to launch later this year and could be made available around the world.

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