The discussion about killing day-old chicks has heightened in Europe in recent years, which is why Switzerland banned the gasification and shredding of newborn male chicks last year, while France and Germany will follow suit by the end of next year.

In October 2019, the agriculture ministers of Germany and France announced at the Franco-German Council of Ministers in Toulouse that the killing of male chicks would be banned by the end of 2021.

At the time they wanted to mobilise players in the poultry industry to accelerate the development and implementation of sustainable alternatives to the culling of freshly hatched chicks. Pressure was also building in the Netherlands. Animal welfare organisations asked the prime minister to follow France and Switzerland’s lead and implement a Dutch ban in 2021. – Fabian Brockotter, Poultry World

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