For an egg farm, male chicks are not any more than a nuisance. They don’t lay eggs, needless to say. And egg-laying types don’t develop large enough to market for meat. A year, according to the farm animal advocates at the Humane League so according to the cold, hard economics of the factory farm, male chicks are ground up or gassed soon after they hatch—hundreds of millions.
That grisly training may end quickly. United Egg Producers, which represents the majority of the country’s egg farms, recently announced it will probably stop culling male chicks by 2020. It’s going to rather consider high-tech techniques that may ID an egg as man or woman only a day or two after it is set, also referred to as in ovo sexing. But no body posseses a commercial scale device that will sex an incredible number of eggs; the technology continues to be young.
The rate of which the usa industry has decided to end culling is unusual.
Another campaign, for cage-free eggs, happens to be a success—but it had been long, high priced, and clearly maybe maybe perhaps not great PR for the egg industry. “We possessed a tight relationship with United Egg Producers,” claims Humane League administrator manager David Coman-Hidy. Then when it stumbled on the presssing dilemma of culling, the Humane League decided it may be more direct: It went directly to United Egg Producers and asked to function together. Continue Reading