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In a significant move towards improving animal welfare in the egg industry, France has taken a commendable step by banning the culling of male chicks, following in the footsteps of Germany, which implemented a similar ban in 2022. This decision reflects a growing global awareness of the ethical concerns surrounding the mass killing of male chicks, a practice that has long been a dark shadow over the egg industry.
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Under the new regulations, hatcheries are required to implement in-ovo sexing techniques to determine the sex of embryos before they hatch. This marks a crucial shift away from the traditional and gruesome practice of culling male chicks shortly after birth. The introduction of in-ovo sexing has been made possible through the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) technology.