For Immediate Release:
3 February 2020
Laljani; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Millions of Male and Other Unwanted Chicks Are Killed Through Gruesome, Illegal Methods by India’s Poultry Industry
New Delhi – Today, following humane decisions by the governments of France and Germany to outlaw the grinding of unwanted live male chicks to death by the egg industries, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to have the Indian egg industry follow suit. Chickens in the food industry are bred to grow unnaturally large bodies or are forced to produce far more eggs than they would naturally. It’s standard practice in the Indian egg industry to destroy unwanted male chicks, who can’t lay eggs, in a variety of cruel and illegal ways.
A report, video footage, and photographs of this practice in India are available upon request.
In the letter, PETA India urges Modi to require the use of in sexing technology – which is in advanced stages of development and expected to be commercially available this year – in India as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the group requests that he immediately issue central government directives to state governments and union territories requiring them to stop using the cruel methods of killing unwanted chicks that are currently in use in India – including crushing, drowning, and burning the animals – as they violate The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. The letter also asks that state and union territories require poultry hatcheries to handle unwanted chicks as recommended by the Animal Welfare Board of India and the Law Commission of India, which suggest the use of nitrogen and inert gases to kill unwanted poultry – a method that’s also recommended in Article 7.6.14 of the guidelines issued by the World Organisation for Animal Health, of which India is a member country.
“The gruesome killing of countless male chicks simply because they can’t lay eggs is cruel and can be stopped,” says PETA India CEO and veterinarian Dr Manilal Valliyate. “India has already taken steps to use sex-sorted semen to prevent the births of male calves, who are considered worthless by the dairy industry and typically abandoned, left to starve, or slaughtered for beef. Technology can be used to stop the killing of male chicks, too. PETA India calls on members of the public concerned about these animals to choose healthy and humane vegan options.”
India ranks third in the world for egg production, as per the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, making it especially imperative that the industry adheres to the PCA Act, 1960, and modernise.
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.