PETA India Urges West Bengal to Ban Cruel Chick-Killing Methods

For Immediate Release:
14 May 2020

Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Group Calls On State to Follow the Lead of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra, Which Have Issued Bans to Poultry Hatcheries

Kolkata – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has urged the West Bengal government to ban the cruel methods of killing male chicks (since they can’t lay eggs) and other unwanted chicks – such as grinding, crushing, burning, drowning, and even feeding them live to fish – that are currently practised by poultry hatcheries in the country. The group pointed out that such practices violate The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and The Indian Penal Code and asked that West Bengal to replace these methods with in ovo sex-determination technology to prevent the birth of male chicks once it’s commercially available.

Following humane moves by the governments of France, Switzerland, and Germany to phase out the grinding of unwanted male chicks to death by egg industries, PETA India has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to have the Indian egg industry follow suit. Recently, at PETA India’s request, the animal husbandry departments of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra issued orders for a complete prohibition on illegal and cruel practices for killing chicks in hatcheries.

A report, 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 can be stopped,” says PETA India CEO and veterinarian Dr Manilal Valliyate. “The government is already taking steps towards using 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. In ovo technology can be used to stop the killing of male chicks, too.”

Sex-determination technology – which was developed abroad and will be commercially available soon – would allow eggs with male embryos to be destroyed at an early stage of development and spare live chicks a horrific death.

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