Killing baby chicks is big business

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In egg laying factory farms, there is a common practice of killing newly hatched poultry for which breeders have no use.

Due to modern selective breeding, laying hen strains differ from meat production strains. Male birds do not produce eggs and poultry bred for laying are unsuitable for meat production, so they are generally killed soon after they hatch.

Methods of culling include cervical dislocation — breaking the neck — asphyxiation by carbon dioxide and maceration using a high speed grinder.

Animal welfare group Farm Forward is currently petitioning Hellman’s and Best Foods to find a way to stop maceration.

In egg laying factory farms, electrocution is a method that has recently been touted by developers as being cheap, reliable, and humane but critics say the practices in modern large scale agricultural businesses are simply cruel and unnecessary.

Mercy For Animals undercover investigators also released a video showing Butterball — the world’s largest producer of turkey meat — shows baby turkeys being routinely mutilated without painkillers, ground up alive in a macerating machine, and carelessly thrown, dropped, and mishandled by workers.


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