France bans crushing and gassing of male chicks from 2022

France will ban from next year the killing of male chicks by crushing or gassing, a practice denounced as barbaric by animal welfare groups, and will push for a similar measure at the European level, the agriculture minister said.

Each year, 50 million male chicks are culled in this way, Julien Denormandie said in an interview posted on the website of daily Le Parisien. Only females, future egg-laying hens, are kept alive.

“France is the first country in the world, along with Germany, to end the crushing and gassing of male chicks,” Denormandie added.

The two countries will try to convince their European Union partners to outlaw the practice at a council of EU agriculture ministers, he said.

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