Animal Welfare Association for Chick Killing: New law “not consistent enough”


As of: 12/29/2021 9:29 a.m.

More than 40 million male chicks have been killed in the past year because their rearing is unprofitable. The new Animal Welfare Act is intended to prevent this – but does not go far enough for the Animal Welfare Association.

The German Animal Welfare Association considers the new Animal Welfare Act, which will apply from January 1, 2022, and the ban on killing male day-old chicks contained therein to be inadequate. “This is a long overdue step, but not consistent enough from an animal welfare point of view,” said association president Thomas Schröder to the editorial network Germany. “It is true that hatched male chicks are no longer killed, but the laying hen remains an egg production machine, with bitter consequences for the animal. Chick murder is a question of the system.”

The animal welfare organization criticizes the fact that high-performance breeding continues “unchecked” and that there are still no legal requirements for the rearing and slaughter of brother cocks. “Instead of a sweet, hatched chick, a pain-sensitive embryo is killed as a so-called alternative. According to the new law, such methods should be allowed until 2024,” said the President of the Animal Welfare Association.

More than 40 million chicks killed

In May, the Federal Council approved an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act passed by the Bundestag, with which the killing of chicks is to end from January 1, 2022. In the past year, more than 40 million day-old male chicks were shredded or suffocated because their rearing was unprofitable.

Schröder criticized the new law as being intransparent: “Most consumers are not aware that even for eggs that are already marketed in the trade with the indication ‘without killing chicks’, pain-sensitive embryos or even chicks have been killed. In addition, there are none for processed eggs Labeling requirement. ”

“Instead of just prettifying facades like the former Minister Klöckner, the new government must develop an overall political strategy as quickly as possible and promote the promotion of healthier and more robust chicken breeds – so-called dual-purpose chickens,” demanded Schröder.


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