260 Millions allover in Europe each year. In several european countries they’re looking for solutions to change this, partly also in Germany. Now the Court turnsend of thechickskillingin North Rhine-Westphalia NRW. The Administrative CourtMindenhasforbidden toforbidthe killingof malechicks in NRWby decree.According to courtthe federal legislaturehas creatednolegal basisfor such anadoptionin theAnimal Welfare Act. TheGermanAnimal Welfare AssociationurgesfederalAgriculture MinisterChristianSchmidt, therefore, to respond quickly andto amend theAnimal Welfare Act. Justasthe killingof approximately45 millionviablemalechickscan be finished inGermany.“The courthas no doubtthat it is rightto end thekillingchicks. Rather, thefederal government hasnot done theirhomework.ChristianSchmidtcanmoveit bya consistentchange in the lawnow.TheFederal AgricultureMinisterhas repeatedlystressed that heseesno good reasonforkillingthe chicks. Mr.Schmidt, there are no more excuses, “said Thomas Schroeder, President of the German AnimalProtection League.
Backgroundchickkilling Ever sincethegovernmenttarget animalprotectioncame into forcein 2002, the killing of animalsfor purely economic reasonscanno longer be considered“reasonable cause” within the meaning of the Animal WelfareAct.Eventhe killingof malechicksisthusprohibitedthe latestuncertain termssince 2002. Since then, theGermananimal Welfare Associationthrongingto banthese chicksmasskillingand insteadswitch toalternatives such asthedual-purposechicken. Asday-old chicks, the animals are thrown aliveinto a kindchopper,wherethey are killed byrotating blades. It is also permissibleto killwith CO2.Theanimals killedare processed andburnedtoanimal meal. The fewinGermanykilledwithgasanimals aresometimesremoved from theZooasfood animals.Source: Pressrelease of the German Animal Protection Bund
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In poultry production, themale chicksof the hybridchicken (industrial controlled inbreed)are sorted outfor economic reasons.TheOrderof the femaleby the malechicksafter hatchingis referred to assexing. The femalechicks frombreeding linesforhighegg productionareraised aslaying hens.Themale chicksdo not lay eggsand thatthisbreeding linesset fewerbreastflesh thananimalsthat are optimizedfor thebroiler. Rearedis thereforeless profitable.I think that should be stopped all over Europe!