Animal Post: Chick Cruelty Is Coming to An End

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Because of serious and graphic (writing) content I suggest you not read this post unless you are 12 years or older.


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Good news for baby chicks!

Now you might want to know what the good news for baby chicks is. Well The Humane League approached United Egg Producers earlier last year with a request to work on eliminating the practice of chick culling; which is the process of killing newly hatched chicks (specifically males) for which the farming and meat industry have no use of; according to the United Egg Producers a group that represents 95% of all United States eggs says that male chicken culling will be eliminated in 2020.

There is really no explanation of why people should be allowed this in the first place. But here is why cruel people who do this think it’s ok. Which it’s obviously not. According the article the business logic (money making) behind chick culling is hard to get around. They say there’s no reason to keep the male chicks alive; they’re not useful for meat; and so on. Which I think is an extremely ridiculous and not a morally right statement. What I read about what they do to these poor chicks was horrifying. They use gassing and brutal killing machines to destroy poor baby chicks.

But thanks to “in­ovo egg sexing”; which is an amazing new technology that can determine the gender of the chicks before they can even develop inside their egg, this problem can be solved! This process enables egg producers to terminate the male eggs and potentially even use them to help make cell based vaccines or for even pet food. Obviously most humans would probably be grossed out by cooking/using fertilized eggs.

Here is a quick description of how the eggs can help create and improve vaccines. This production process begins with egg-­grown vaccine viruses per FDA regulations. Manufacturers mix the vaccine viruses with cultured mammalian cells and leave them to replicate for a few days. Then the virus­containing fluid is collected from the cells and the virus antigen is purified. The manufacturing process continues with purification and testing. Next, the manufacturers put doses into vials or syringes while waiting for FDA testing and approval to release.

Unilever, the food manufacturing giant that owns Hellman’s mayonnaise, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and other global brands was the first major corporation to take a stance about this nonsense in 2014. They did this declaring their intention to use in­ovo egg selection to avoid chick culling in hatcheries where their hens lay eggs.

“The Humane League executive director David Coman­Hidy stated that the UEP commitment “Will virtually eliminate this practice in the American egg industry. … It is clear that chick culling will soon be a thing of the past in the United States.”

If sharing my article made you want to be a vegetarian then, good for you. After reading sad stuff like this I sometimes wish I was a vegetarian too.

Sources

These links are NOT intended for kids to click on under the aged of 12. 

Even if you are an adult I suggest that you do not watch any videos on the sites. 

The Humane League-Blog – Blog Post 

Vox.com Article

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