Switzerland is serious: From 1 January 2020, the shredding of male day old chicks in the Alpine republic is prohibited.
It stands to reason that the shredding of a live animal is not in line with Article 1 of the Animal Welfare Act, the Commission notes.
According to the article, the purpose of the law is to protect the dignity and well-being of the animal.
Chicks are shredded with the “wrong” sex. This is – regardless of the shredding – controversial. The commission notes that it is questionable whether it is ethically acceptable to kill a chick for the sole reason that it is a male from a laying hen line.
The trend to breed breeds only for egg laying or for meat production makes the animal a simple subject of production and leads to absurdities such as the shredding of live male chicks. With this ethical intention, the Kommission received a petition from the Vegan Society Switzerland.
The suffocation caused by carbon dioxide, however, remains allowed. Research is currently in a sex determination already in the breed egg.
My comment: Every little step that enhances the chicken’s KZ`s is welcome.
In Germany, the maltreatment of the day chicks is allowed.
Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner, the girlfriend and lobbyist of slaughterhouses, sees no use for the chickens children and currently no alternative to shredding at the moment, as well as to the piglet castration without anesthesia wich she has prolonged for another two years, ie until 2020.
Fortunately, we have here in Germany a humorous so-called “Animal Protection Law” and it says:
“Nobody is allowed to cause pain, suffering or harm to an animal for no good reason . “
Ethically and morally, we are well ahead in the paper.
My best regards to all, Venus