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France and Germany first countries to ban chick culling

The mass-culling of unwanted male chicks is common practice in global industrial farming. It occurs in all intensive egg production, whether free range, organic, or battery cage.

This is because male chicks will not go onto lay eggs. As a result, they are considered redundant by egg and poultry producers. Further, hens are preferred for meat because they grow faster.

Ultimately, it is regarded as uneconomical to fatten male chicks. Therefore, once hatched and identified as male, they are either ‘shredded’ in industrial macerators or suffocated using nitrogen or argon gas.

Now, France has said it will be the first country in the world, along with Germany, to put an end to the crushing and gassing of male chicks in commercial hatcheries.

The ban is a major step forward, said French Minister for Food and Agriculture Julien Denormandie, which is ‘long overdue’.

Chick culling outlawed by 2022

According to the new law, in France all hatcheries must have either installed or ordered gender testing – sexage en oeuf ​– machines by 1 January 2022. The Council of State has stipulated that all machines should be installed and functioning in all hatcheries by 2022.

Speaking in Brussels 19 July, Denormandie said that around 50 million male chicks are either gassed or crushed each year. In Germany, an estimated 45 million chicks are culled annually.

A Bruxelles aujourd’hui pour porter la fin de l’élimination des poussins mâles à l’échelle européenne

La France et l’Allemagne sont à l’initiative d’une dynamique européenne qui est en train de se créer. Plusieurs pays ont déjà apporté leur soutien pour avancer rapidement.

— Julien Denormandie (@J_Denormandie) July 19, 2021

France has been working with Germany over the last two years to identify the best technology to replace chick culling, that can be used at an industrial scale.

They settled on determining the gender within the egg, which can be done by detecting the colour of the feathers inside the egg. That way

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