For Immediate Release:
16 April 2019
Ayushi Sharma; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Group Reminds Locals That the Egg Industry Uses Cruel Methods to Kill Baby Chickens
Goa – Just in time for Easter, a group of children wearing chick costumes – volunteers for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India – will hold signs reminding passers-by that chicks are killed in gruesome ways in the egg industry. PETA India’s aim is to let people know that the best way to help stop animal suffering while improving their own health is to go vegan.
When: Wednesday, 17 April, 4 pm
Where: On the pavement, opposite old GMC, Panaji Market, Panaji, Goa
A recent eyewitness investigation of several hatcheries and farms in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana run by top players in the Indian egg and meat industries revealed for the first time in India that millions of male and otherwise unwanted chicks are commonly ground up, drowned, burned, crushed, thrown into rubbish bins, and even fed to other animals while still alive. Males born in the egg industry are considered useless because they don’t lay eggs and haven’t been bred to produce excessive flesh for meat. Females fare little better, as they’re typically confined to cages barely larger than their own bodies and sent to slaughter as soon as their egg production wanes.
“The gruesome killing of countless male chicks simply because they can’t lay eggs is not only cruel but also entirely unnecessary,” says PETA India supporter Christopher Bosco. “It’s easy to cook using vegan ingredients instead of supporting the cruelty of the egg industry. And because eggs are loaded with cholesterol and saturated fat, the best way to look after our own health while protecting hens is to go vegan.”
In addition to sparing chickens and other animals immense suffering, people who go vegan dramatically reduce their carbon footprint as well as their risk of suffering from cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Video footage of the plight of chicks can be viewed here and downloaded here in broadcast quality. PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – points out that those looking for tips on going egg-free can order a copy of its free vegan starter kit by e-mailing [email protected].
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.