French Chicken
[Photo by Rick Kimpel/Creative Commons License]

The French poultry industry kills millions of male chicks every year.

This culling is done either by carbon dioxide poisoning, crushing, or using a highspeed grinder.

Culling takes place because male chickens are biologically smaller than females, plus obviously, they can’t lay eggs.

On Sunday, French Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie announced that the country would ban the culling of male chicks starting in 2022.

The French government has been under extreme pressure following years of protests and complaints by animal welfare activists.

Poultry breeders in France will need to equip themselves with machines that can detect the sex of the 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.

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