To solve the problem of male chickens, German farmers are now being advised to use technology to prevent roosters from being born, primarily by determining the sex of the animal before it hatches.
The mass killing of young roosters will be banned in Germany starting in 2022 – Chickens, chickens, animal welfare, Germany, law, poultry farm
There is a frightening practice of mass killing of male chicks on egg farms in most countries around the world.
This practice is called “culling.” The chicks do not lay eggs and are therefore completely useless to the farm.
These chickens also cannot be raised for meat because they are an egg breed, not a meat breed, so it is easier and cheaper for farm owners to kill the roosters immediately.
This practice has been alarming to animal protection societies for years because it is completely inhumane (chickens are often just thrown alive in a huge meat grinder).
It is estimated that worldwide about 4-6 billion male chicks are killed in this way per year, simply because they are not born female.
Germany recently became the first country to officially prohibit this “culling” by law. The law will take effect in 2022.
The German region of North Rhine-Westphalia tried to introduce such a decree back in 2013, but then two egg farms appealed the decision.
According to Deutsche Welle, the new law follows a 2019 German court ruling that animal welfare outweighs the economic interests of farmers.
Now, to address the problem of male chicks, German farmers are being advised to use technology to prevent roosters from being born, primarily by determining the sex of the animal before it hatches.
A later phase of the transition, which will take effect in 2024, will only allow methods at the beginning of the incubation period so that even chick embryos are not in pain.
The Bundestag said it wants to give the agricultural industry time to adapt to the new legal situation.
In Germany alone, about 45 million male chickens are killed each year as a result of a practice that animal welfare advocates explicitly call “chick chopping.”