Chick culling is a cruel practice where farmers will kill the baby males since they’re deemed “useless” by the animal agriculture industry. Male chickens in the egg industry don’t lay eggs and they weren’t bred for meat, so they’re often shredded or thrown into dumpsters to slowly suffocate.
For years, animal activists have been demanding an end to the awful practice and in 2020, France and Germany stepped up to help. Both Germany and France committed to helping end the practice of chick culling in the EU, and they’re starting by ending it in their own countries.
Germany’s Cabinet created a draft law to prohibit the controversial practice, but it wasn’t until January 1, 2022, that the law went into effect! Germany is now the first country to have banned male chick culling by law.
According to The Guardian, the agriculture minister, Julia Klöckner, called the law “a significant step forward for animal welfare.”
She added, “We have invested millions of euros in alternatives, bringing animal welfare and economic efficiency together on German soil.”
The step is a huge move in the right direction, and hopefully, other countries will follow suit. Already, France has announced its ban on chick culling, which will go into effect by 2023:
🇫🇷 France just adopted a ban on chick culling, to take effect by 2023 🐣
Although a welcoming development for hen welfare, the prohibition on culling does not apply to ducklings exploited for #FoieGras production and allows eggs to be destroyed up to 15 days of incubation ⤵︎ https://t.co/vbKPx1zasZ
— The European Institute for Animal Law & Policy (@AnimalLawEurope) February 6, 2022
Still, other countries need to get on board and end the awful and cruel practice now.
Sign this petition to demand an end to chick culling across the EU.
You can avoid participating in the cruelty by switching to a plant-based diet. Eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more!
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