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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Adopt Don’t Shop!

According to the Humane Society of the U.S.,

“Each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet.

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you save a loving animal by making them part of your family and open up shelter space for another animal who might desperately need it.”

That’s why I have created a list of 6 reasons why you should adopt instead of shop.

You may think that all of the dogs in shelters are mutts but according to the MSPCA 1/3 of dogs in shelters are purebred.

6 reasons to adopt a pet:

  • You saved a dogs life by adopting it
  • You raise awareness to shelters by adopting from one
  • Pets at shelters are usually a lower cost than pets in pet shops
  • You are fighting puppy mills
    • According to the Humane Society of the U.S.,”If you buy a dog from a pet store,online seller or flea market, you’re almost certainly getting a dog from a puppy mill.Puppy mills are factory-style breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Animals from puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and are often very sick and behaviorally troubled as a result. The moms of these puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they’re no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction.These puppy mills continue to stay in business through deceptive tactics — their customers are unsuspecting consumers who shop in pet stores, over the Internet or through classified ads. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop supporting them. By adopting a pet, you can be certain you aren’t giving them a dime.”
  • You help an animal shelter open up a space for other homeless animals
    According to http://list25.com/25-reasons-to-adopt-and-not-shop/

“The role of animal shelters is to provide a shelter for homeless animals. This means that when you adopt an animal from one of these shelters, you help provide a home for that animal while at the same time opening up space for another homeless animal.”

  • A majority of “Pre-owned”dogs are already house trained
    • When you adopt a dog they are usually already house trained, which usually means no extra house training will be needed.

Interested in adopting a new fluffy friend?

A few shelter/rescues are listed below:

New York:

http://www.humanesociety.org

https://www.aspca.org

http://www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org

New Jersey:

http://www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us/256/Woodbridge-Animal-Shelter-Pet-Adoption-C

http://bloomfieldshelter.com

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