Madhya Pradesh to Crack Down on Illegal and Cruel Chick-Killing Practices by Poultry Industry

For Immediate Release:
6 May 2020

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]

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

Bhopal – After receiving a letter from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India regarding the standard poultry industry practice of killing unwanted male chicks – because they can’t lay eggs – in apparently illegal ways, the Madhya Pradesh director of animal husbandry, Dr RK Rokde, issued an order to all the deputy directors in the districts. The order calls on the officials to ensure that poultry hatcheries stop using crude killing methods. The egg and meat industries 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 copy of the director’s order is available for download upon request.

In its letter to the state government, PETA India points out that these 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, 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 is 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 Madhya Pradesh government is calling for a crackdown on the common cruel and illegal killing of unwanted chicks by the poultry industry. Members of the public who are concerned about these animals can help by choosing to eat vegan.”

Madhya Pradesh is one of the top egg-producing states in the country – according to the 2019 report on Basic Animal Husbandry Statistics released by the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying – 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 Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra 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 practised abroad

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