Around 7 billion unwanted male chicks are exterminated globally every year in the poultry industry
Animal welfare campaigners are cautiously welcoming a move by the French government to ban the widespread practices of live shredding of unwanted male chicks in the poultry industry and castrating piglets without anaesthesia.
Every year around the world about 7bn male chicks, which cannot be sold to lay eggs or used for meat, are systematically shredded alive in industrial macerators, gassed or suffocated to death.
France will become one of the first countries to ban use of all these methods to dispose of male chicks.
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