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France bans crushing and gassing of male chicks from 2022

Commodities Jul 18, 2021 01:40PM ET
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© Reuters. A chick drinks water at a poultry farm in Pruille-le-Chetif near Le Mans, France, March 4, 2020. Picture taken March 4, 2020. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

PARIS (Reuters) - France will ban from next year the killing of male chicks by crushing or gassing, a practice denounced as barbaric by animal welfare groups, and will push for a similar measure at European level, the agriculture minister said on Sunday.

Each year, 50 million male chicks are culled in this way, Julien Denormandie said in an interview posted on the website of daily Le Parisien. Only females, future egg-laying hens, are kept alive.

"France is the first country in the world, along with Germany, to end the crushing and gassing of male chicks," Denormandie added.

The two countries will try to convince their European Union partners to outlaw the practice at a council of EU agriculture ministers on Monday, he said.

From 2022, breeders in France will instead need to equip themselves with machines to detect the sex of chicks before they hatch.

"The dynamic is well underway and, given the orders already placed, the machines will be installed for two-thirds of production in France by the end of the first quarter of 2022," Denormandie added.

The measure is expected to lead to an extra cost of 1 euro cent per box of six eggs, he said.

To help breeders buy the equipment, France will grant subsidies totalling 10 million euros ($11.8 million).

The castration of live piglets will also be prohibited from the start of 2022, Denormandie said.

($1 = 0.8471 euros)

France bans crushing and gassing of male chicks from 2022
 

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Mike Dee
Mike Dee Jul 18, 2021 8:38PM ET
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Social Security should cover the chicks with medical and housing benefits, so that they can live full and enjoyable lives. Anything less is unhumane.
za ar
za ar Jul 18, 2021 8:38PM ET
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lolz
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Jul 18, 2021 8:35PM ET
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Amazing how cruel people are.Imagine in the next life, these people come back as chicks…
Honey Badger
Honey Badger Jul 18, 2021 5:50PM ET
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I hope one day we will realize so many humans die with starvation in Africa and rest of the world.
Amanda Targaryen
Amanda Targaryen Jul 18, 2021 5:50PM ET
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You do know that food that could be fed to humans are being fed to animals, so that a few humans can eat animal products? If you care about starvation in Africa and other countries, you should be plant based. Best is to be vegan.
Millennial Dip Buyer
Millennial Dip Buyer Jul 18, 2021 5:50PM ET
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Amanda Targaryen  The average North American diet is largely plant based, as most packaged meals are completely full of vegetable by-products.  The problem is simply that there are too many people.  Not to mention there's no actual shortage of food to send out.  We can technically feed the planet as is, but storage is an issue.  Should we maintain a population of 7.5b and keep it growing? No, it's unsustainable.
Amanda Targaryen
Amanda Targaryen Jul 18, 2021 5:50PM ET
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Millennial Dip Buyer  I don't know why I am not allowed to answer your comments anymore. I had a lot to say, but seems like its getting blocked.
Anurag Dutta
Anurag Dutta Jul 18, 2021 5:50PM ET
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Miriam Morkhul
Miriam Morkhul Jul 18, 2021 5:50PM ET
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Destroying soil on mass for soybeans, importing vegan food from across the globe, using third world exploitation labor, all to eat a malnourishing diet. Stop watching Netflix propaganda.
Fufi Cautious Trader
Fufi Jul 18, 2021 5:38PM ET
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There has to be another cost-efficient alternative for them rather of crushing or gassing. Raise them to feed the hungry and homeless in any country.
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Jul 18, 2021 5:34PM ET
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1c per half dozen!! They should be ashamed!!! Bring out the pitchforks!!!
Millennial Dip Buyer
Millennial Dip Buyer Jul 18, 2021 5:34PM ET
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You should know by now that these figures largely underestimate the true costs.  I guess I'm not surprised you're a vegan, nothing you seem to post suggests you're at all relatable to actual human beings.
peter neal
peter neal Jul 18, 2021 5:30PM ET
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Someone died from starvation ever 8 seconds. They should ban that in 2022 and not be so worried about chickens.
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Jul 18, 2021 5:30PM ET
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A strawman arguement.
Amanda Targaryen
Amanda Targaryen Jul 18, 2021 5:30PM ET
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Food that is fed to animals, so that a few people can eat animal products every day, could be fed to people instead. Go plant based if you care about people who starve. Go vegan if you have a heart.
New Jazenevd
New Jazenevd Jul 18, 2021 4:51PM ET
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Folks supporting these laws should stop eating meat and eggs, and stop interfering with my food.
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Jul 18, 2021 4:51PM ET
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Trying to tell others how to live like an auth? Male chickens arent even your food. No need to melt like a snowflake over nothing.
Amanda Targaryen
Amanda Targaryen Jul 18, 2021 4:51PM ET
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Everyone should be vegan.
Ivo Wagner
Ivo Wagner Jul 18, 2021 3:57PM ET
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This is pure market protection maneuver.
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Jul 18, 2021 3:57PM ET
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Not really.
Roger Miller
Roger Miller Jul 18, 2021 3:24PM ET
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One of many ways that government regulations increase the cost of food. Let people make the choice when shopping.
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Jul 18, 2021 3:24PM ET
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Just go to zero regulations, zero tax, and zero currency for a true utopia. We can barter, my chickens for your coconuts.
RAB MADU
RAB MADU Jul 18, 2021 3:21PM ET
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It's sad what these people are doing to animals and life.Just couldn't believe this barbaric inhuman act. calling on the dead United Nations to stop this MADNESS.
Amanda Targaryen
Amanda Targaryen Jul 18, 2021 3:21PM ET
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Vegan for the animals <3
 
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