Haryana to Crack Down on Illegal and Cruel Chick-Killing By Poultry Industry

For Immediate Release:
22 May 2020

Hiraj Laljani ; [email protected]

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

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

Haryana – Following 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 general of animal husbandry of Haryana has issued an order to all the deputy directors in the districts to ensure that poultry hatcheries stop using any crude killing methods. The egg and meat industries commonly kill chicks who are weak, male, or otherwise unwanted by grinding, crushing, burning, and drowning them – or even feeding them alive to fish.

A copy of the director general’s order is available for download upon request.

In its appeals, PETA India pointed out that the common cruel methods of killing unwanted chicks 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 is 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, would allow eggs with male embryos to be destroyed in the early stage of development and spare live chicks a horrific death

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

“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 are grateful that the Haryana government is calling for a crackdown on the poultry industry’s common cruel and illegal killing of 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, Haryana is one of the top egg-producing states in the country – making it especially imperative that it implements in ovo sexing technology as soon as it’s commercially available.

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

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