Germany To Ban ‘Chick Shredding’ From 2022 in Global First

Traditionally, chicken farms worldwide slaughter millions of male chicks, but in 2022, the Germans farms would have to stop the practice.

Germany To Ban 'Chick Shredding' From 2022 in Global First
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The new legislation draft signed by the cabinet will ban the slaughter of day-old chicks, making Germany the first nation in the world to do so. The law will take into effect by next year. Traditionally, chicken farms worldwide slaughter millions of male chicks, but in 2022, the Germans farms would have to stop the practice.

Instead, the government will encourage them to use new technology and identifying the gender of the animal before their birth to prevent male chicks from being born in the first place. German agriculture minister Julia Klöckner, who introduced the bill, said that this global practice is “ethically unacceptable.” Julia added that the German nation would become the first country to do so.

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From early 2024, only the methods used much earlier in the incubation process will be allowed. Almost forty-five million chicks are slaughtered every year in Germany and the rights activists describe it as “chick shredding.” Shortly after hatching, the chicks are culled because they are suitable for meat production and laying eggs, meaning that grooming them would not be financially viable.

In 2019, a Federal Administrative Court in Germany ruled that the concerns of the animal rights groups outweigh the economic viability of the farms that plan to keep practicing chick shredding, and the judge allowed the practice for a transitional period. Besides that, the government plans to compensate for new measures by increasing the prices of meat and eggs.

Despite the extraordinary measure, the activists have called the authorities for stricter measures, arguing that the farms must rely on the multi-purpose animals that can lay eggs and are good meat producers. Meanwhile, others are describing that a ban on male chick slaughters would not address the suffering of animals.

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