Andhra Pradesh to Crack Down on Illegal and Cruel Chick Killing by Poultry Industry

For Immediate Release:
22 May 2020

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Hiraj Laljani ; [email protected]

Following Complaint by PETA India, State Animal Husbandry Department Issues Order

Vijayawada – Following an eyewitness investigation of hatcheries and poultry farms, including those in Andhra Pradesh, and after receiving numerous appeals from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India regarding the common poultry industry practice of killing male chicks (because they can’t lay eggs) and other unwanted chicks in apparently illegal ways, the director of animal husbandry of Andhra Pradesh, Dr M Srinivasa Rao, has issued an order to all district joint directors calling on them to look into the issues raised by PETA India and ensure the necessary action is taken.

A copy of the order is available for download upon request.

Between February and April 2016, an eyewitness visited hatcheries and farms housing chickens raised for meat (“broilers”) and for eggs (“layers”) in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana linked to Suguna Foods, SR Group, Skylark Hatcheries, SH Group, and Diamond Group. Many of these companies commonly kill chicks who are weak, male, or otherwise unwanted by grinding, crushing, burning, or drowning them – or even feeding them alive to fish.

A report on and video footage and photographs of the killing of chicks in these states are available for download upon request.

In its appeals, PETA India pointed out that common cruel methods of killing unwanted chicks apparently violate Section 11(1)(l) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. The group has requested that the government require the egg industry to use in ovo sex-determination technology as soon as it’s available and enforce a ban on the killing of male chicks immediately thereafter. This new technology, which has been developed abroad and will be commercially available soon, will allow eggs with male embryos to be destroyed in the early stage of development and spare live chicks a horrific death.

“The gruesome killing of countless male chicks simply because they can’t lay eggs is cruel and should be stopped,” says PETA India CEO and veterinarian Dr Manilal Valliyate. “We’re grateful that the Andhra Pradesh government is calling for a crackdown on the poultry industry’s common cruel and illegal methods of killing unwanted chicks. Members of the public who are concerned about these animals can help by choosing to eat vegan.”

According to the 2019 report on Basic Animal Husbandry Statistics released by the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Andhra Pradesh is one of the top egg-producing states in the country – making it especially imperative that its government implement in ovo sex-determination technology as soon as it’s available.

At PETA India’s request, the animal husbandry departments of Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh have also issued similar orders directing an end to illegal and cruel practices for killing chicks.

Germany – which has invested €5 million (Rs 400 million) in developing sex-determination technology – as well as France and Switzerland have taken steps towards banning the shredding of live male chicks, which is commonly practiced abroad.

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.

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