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Video evidence of India’s egg and meat hatcheries shows male, sick and other unwanted chicks are set on fire, ground up alive, dumped into large bins and left to die, buried alive using earthmovers, or crushed, suffocated, or drowned. Some are thrown on the ground to be eaten by dogs, and others are fed to fish alive. Male chicks are commonly killed by hatcheries because they cannot lay eggs.
At PETA India’s urging, the Animal Husbandry Departments of Assam, Bihar and Chhattisgarh and Goa have committed to the use of in ovo sexing technology, once made commercially available in India, to stop the killing of live male chicks. In-ovo sexing technology allows the gender of the embryo to be detected at an early stage of development so that an egg, rather than a live bird, can be destroyed. In addition, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh have also issued orders directing an end to illegal and cruel chick-killing practices.
Companies around the world are working on in ovo sexing technology, and countries are taking steps to adopt it. France and Germany are the first to have set urgent dates to prohibit the killing of male chicks in favour of this technology.
I therefore urge you to use your authority to safeguard male and other chicks from illegal, painful, and cruel deaths by taking the following action:
- Making in-ovo sexing technology commercially available either by importing the technology or by collaborating with the companies engaged in the said technology to develop an indigenous version
- Requiring hatcheries to use in-ovo sexing technology
- Working with the Animal Welfare Board of India to develop a written humane standard for the handling of sick chicks
Thank you for your consideration.