France moves to ban the shredding of male chicks

France is set to ban the practice of shredding male chicks, their agriculture minister has announced.

Male chicks are often killed as they aren’t used for meat and can’t produce eggs.

But Didier Guillaume says French farmers will no longer be able to do this from next year.

Guillaume said:

“It’s time to end the shredding of chicks.
“France and Germany should be the European motor to advance on this issue.
“From the end of 2021, nothing will be like it was before.”

Around 7 billion male chicks are shredded around the world every year.

Switzerland was one of the first European countries to ban the practice in 2019.

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