In a joint meeting, Germany and France announced in January 2020 that they were teaming up to end male chick culling in the European Union by 2021. Agriculture ministers Julia Klöckner of Germany and Didier Guillaume of France are working together to push the European Union to end the practice of killing male chicks after they hatch.

Guillaume said of the issue, ” It’s time to end the shredding of chicks. France and Germany should be the European motor to advance on this issue.” When Germany becomes president of the bloc in the second half of 2020, they should have the power to push the issue ahead.

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According to France24, tens of millions of male chicks are shredded in the European Union after they have hatched. In this cruel practice, males are removed from females shortly after birth because they do not produce eggs and and produce less meat.

Agathe Gignoux of CIWF, a French NGO, said, We welcome this scheme and the fact that non-governmental organizations are involved, but we expect clear regulatory commitments.”

Egg and chicken producers say that there isn’t a cost effective, practical or less cruel solution. French and German governments plan to bring stakeholders from companies, government groups, campaign groups and researchers to discuss the issue further.

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