Unlike chickens bred for meat production, layer hens are bred to produce eggs. If a chick hatchery supplies the egg industry and therefore breeds layer hens, all male chicks (and weak female chicks) are killed and disposed of quickly after birth. They are usually killed via maceration, which means they are shredded… as if they were garbage or a piece of paper. They are deemed an “unwanted byproduct of egg production.”

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All this is done so that people can enjoy eggs as they’re used to. But many people who consume eggs probably don’t understand that this is what happens to small baby chickens who are just a day old. Or they don’t realize how cruel it is. It’s impossible to convince everyone to stop eating eggs overnight and it’s also impossible to get chick hatcheries to stop killing animals overnight too. But we can demand humane changes in the meantime.

This level of mass culling and suffering isn’t worth a breakfast dish or a binder in your baking that can easily be replaced. Let’s end this! Sign this petition demanding that Australia end chick culling and make sure to contact your representatives if you live in the United States asking them to introduce legislation to put an end to this here too!

Sign these other petitions to stand against other cruelties in the animal agriculture industry:

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