German court rules mass killing of male chicks legal

This month, the Federal Administrative Court in Germany ruled to
uphold the common practice of killing male chicks, which are widely
considered inefficient for meat production. The ruling is meant to
be temporary, until an alternative and scalable solution is
available, despite outcry by animal rights
advocates.

The hearing is in response to a ban of the practice from 2013
within a state in Germany. Following the ban, two major hatcheries
challenged the decision, claiming that the practice was necessary
for food production.
On Thursday, the courts ruled that the practice was indeed legal–
at least temporarily– and does not contradict the country’s
Animal Welfare Act. Germany’s Minister for Agriculture, however,
stated that the practice is ethically unacceptable.


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Male chicks are mass slaughtered throughout the world. They do
not grow as fast as hens, and therefore are considered inefficient
for meat production. The meat industry will be worth
worth about
US $7 trillion
by 2025, and estimates show that about 84
percent of consumers had chicken in the last two weeks. Despite
some reports that alternative meat demands are rising, meat
industry statistics show growing demand for animal products,
especially in wealthy nations. For every hen consumed, an equal
number of male chicks has been slaughtered.

The most common ways for slaughtering newborn chicks include
gassing and high-speed grinders. In Germany alone, 45 million male
chicks are slaughtered annually.

One German company already has an alternative on the market–
an egg they claim can be tested for sex before it hatches. The

company
can determine the sex of the egg just seven days after
fertilization by extracting fluid from the egg and testing it for
hormones. The company is selling their eggs in 200 German markets
and hopes to take off as a solution to this animal welfare
concern.

Via The
BBC

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Source: FS – All – Ecology – News 2
German court rules mass killing of male chicks legal