Germany will become the latest country to ban the mass slaughter of male chicks in the egg industry, with the government announcing a new decree that it hopes will end this cruel practice in 2022.
THE DETAILS: Every year, billions of male chicks—including 45 million in Germany—are killed by industrial agricultural farmers as they are considered useless by both egg and poultry producers since they do not lay eggs and aren’t the breed used for meat production.
The practice of chick culling includes the brutal method of live-shredding, where chicks are ground up alive in a giant, high-speed grinder. Last year, France announced a similar ban to go into effect in 2021.
ALTERNATIVES TO REDUCE SUFFERING: “In-Ovo sexing” technology has been developed which detects the sex of chicks in their embryonic state, which allows producers to prevent the development and subsequent death of male chicks.
“In-Ovo sexing” systems use intelligent trays or laser systems to recognize the sex of the egg’s embryo, allowing male or unfertilized eggs can be discarded. After many years of development, this technology is now available and ready to be implemented on a large scale.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: “This measure represents an important step forward for animal welfare. We have invested millions of euros in alternatives, combining the welfare of animals and economic efficiency on German soil,” says Julia Klöckner, Minister of Agriculture of Germany, noting that she wants the country to be a role model for others.
WHAT WE’RE SAYING: “Germany’s decision to end male chick culling is a monumental step forward in creating a world where all animals are protected and respected. With the help of groundbreaking In-Ovo sexing technology, we are hopeful more governments will follow suit and similarly ban this horrific practice.” Sharon Núñez, President of Animal Equality.
WHAT WE’RE DOING: Animal Equality is working across the globe to ensure that chick culling within the egg industry is banned and that “In-Ovo sexing” systems are implemented by egg producers.
Over the past few months, our efforts in Spain and Italy have gathered tens of thousands of signatures opposing the brutal practice of male chick culling, and soon we will be launching similar campaigns in other countries.
We are also engaging with major producers to develop policies that would spare continued pain and suffering to male chicks. In the meantime, please leave animals off your plate and share this life-changing news with your networks.
And I mean…“The routine killing of newly hatched male chicks is to be banned in Germany from January 2022. The sex of the animals must then be determined in the egg so that the male chicks are no longer incubated and do not even hatch. “
Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner: “The killing of so-called day-old chicks is not ethically justifiable. Germany is a global pioneer with the law. This is a “milestone” for animal welfare. “
To be clear: The fact that the federal government has finally agreed on an exit plan from decades of chick killing is definitely to be seen as a positive trend – and we hope that this “milestone for animal welfare” will actually get rolling so that the millionfold killing of animals in the name of maximum profitability – at least in this sector – finally comes to an end.
But this has long been recognized as an ethical problem – even by the German poultry industry itself, and from a legal point of view, the practice was no longer legal because German animal protection has been part of the Basic Law since 2002.
The fact that Agriculture Minister Klöckner is now boasting that … “the draft is a” milestone “for animal welfare,” is therefore simply outrageous.
In fact, she’s been playing a dirty game in favor of the poultry and meat industries for years.
The ban on the castration of piglets without anesthesia was passed in 2013, and she postponed it for 7 years, finally going into effect on January 1, 2021.
She is considered the cold-blooded agricultural lobbyist in German politics.
45 million beings are only killed in Germany every year because they are of no use to humans.
They are more or less the collateral damage for the other tortured, battered, but still “useful” creatures – the chicken that you can get in the supermarket for only 2.50 € and the eggs almost free
Because we can’t get our already fat throats full.
What a great, civilized society we are … A shame.
My best regards to all, Venus