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  1. Harmony
    02/02/2016

    “modern technology must be used to determine the sex of each fertilized egg before the chick inside develops, with all of the male-identified eggs to be removed from the hatchery” – how are they going to do that? Genetic karyotyping for 45 million eggs in not really viable. I do however suspect that they may expose hens to hormonal therapies to entice a mainly female egg production and therefore reduce the numbers of males and increase their source of female chicks.
    “The male eggs will then be used for other products rather than allowing the chick to develop and hatch” – what does this mean? They’ll be killed as foetuses and turned into fertiliser?

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    • Paul
      02/04/2016

      as far as i know there is an infrared scan in development that can determine the sex. do not ask me how that works, but i am sure one can find more details in the internet.

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    • Paul
      02/04/2016

      … and regarding further uses of the eggs: maybe they go into vaccine production.

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  2. Dawn
    02/03/2016

    Germany well done this is a step in right direction hope other countries will follow your lead in this and this barbaric practice of chick shredding comes to an end completely. Great Britain hope we will step up and do same. Any end to animal abuse is a good thing.

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  3. Chris Anastasy (Dressage For The Rest Of Us)
    02/03/2016

    And of course there is always a jerk from PETA quoted, as if the world cares one bit what these nutjobs think.

    I’m just glad the male chick shredding is over and I hope this new way of doing things spreads across the world. Ethical farming is the future.

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    • karin
      02/03/2016

      “Ethical farming” is an oxymoron. Any farming of animals is immoral, abusive, and results in premature and unnatural death. Raising vegetables is the only cruelty free farming.

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      • Lizzy
        02/03/2016

        Agree 100% Karin. We have no right to use and abuse other living things any way we want. It’s totally unethical to bring someone to life only to kill them. They are not pieces of furniture. They feel pain and experience joy and friendship just like humans do but we feel superior just because these poor innocent beings are powerless against us. We subjugate them and make them our slaves to produce, produce, produce. Becoming a vegan and trying to do as little harm as possible is the only way to be ethical and compassionate to all living beings.

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      • Jay Smith
        05/01/2016

        Plants are also living things. If we complain that vegans are cutting plants that are part of the what provides oxygen for all animal’s and humans to breath, then I guess we will be a very thin society.
        After all we can always eat dirt. Providing that an animal did not poop on it first. But then again chickens do eat corn and that is not meat…….enjoy!

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    • Ibby
      02/11/2016

      Chris has the right idea. I don’t think these PETA nutjobs realize just how bad they are for their own cause. Ethical farming – as in, raising animals humanely and not causing them unnecessary suffering – is something most people can get behind. Expecting the entire world to go vegan and life off alfalfa sprouts? Yeah, not gonna happen. It’s not like yuppies haven’t already done enough damage to agricultural industries with their obsession over stuff like kale and quinoa.

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    • Mandy
      02/13/2016

      Do you think people are more likely to slowly switch to humane methods, or to immediately just give up animal products altogether?

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  4. LadyFarrier
    02/03/2016

    Ethical farming is NOT an oxymoron. Criminy.

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  5. Sandra Irwin
    02/03/2016

    Wonderful Result.

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  6. Antony
    02/03/2016

    Exactly! Food Inc. has a great example of good farming.

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  7. Sandra Irwin
    02/03/2016

    Wonderful Result. No More unnecessary suffering for the hatched Male Chickens.

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  8. andrew
    02/05/2016

    COMPLETELY AGREE KARIN…HERE HERE.

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  9. Jules
    02/06/2016

    Jerk/nut job from PETA? Oh you mean someone that cares about animals and has their eyes open to cruelty. There are alternatives to eggs you know Chris, imagine! You are reading the Vegan Herald but probably hadn’t noticed with your head in the sand believing such a thing as ‘ethical’ farming.

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  10. Ibby
    02/11/2016

    Umm why don’t they just send the male chicks to chicken farms where they can be raised for meat? I know Germany is bigger on pork but surely they still have a use for poultry.

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  11. Bonnie
    02/12/2016

    If you think ethical farming is possible in commercial farms, just google ‘pig crates’. Guaranteed to turn doubters into vegans. Breeding an animal who suffers every day of his life, is then traumatically slaughtered for his meat–and called nutritious for humans–that’s an oxymoron in my book.

    Can’t understand why anyone–animal lover or not–would consider it healthy to eat animals who lived every minute in dire suffering. Each person should educate themselves and watch the videos of animals being horribly abused–then make their own minds up.

    Unfortunately, most meat eaters don’t want to be educated and sickened to the thought of their meat. So they refuse to watch the videos, and prefer to consider vegans and vegetarians the crazy ones.

    I personally think there will be a special place in hell for those who abuse children and animals–the ones who have no voice.

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  12. Carnation
    02/13/2016

    If we all went vegetarian, do you really think these animals would be kept as pets? Maybe the odd few here and there, but sheep and cattle grazing the fields would be a thing of the past…and those very fields would make way for more concrete jungles. Why should meat eaters sacrifice for someone’s beliefs? I agree about the chicks…well done Germany…but the over the top fanatics need to keep their heads a tad leveller, and be more realistic without shoving their ideas of morals down everyone’s throat….xx

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  13. Bonnie
    02/15/2016

    If demand for animal meat went down, fewer animals would be bred. Giving up beef would even reduce the carbon footprint more than giving up our cars would.

    It’s everyone’s choice of what to feed their bodies. I just suggest people educate themselves to what meat is doing to their health. Read the China Report, watch Forks Over Knives, etc. Or just google pig crates, factory farming of beef, etc., and decide if flesh from animals who were abused and suffering every single day of their short life–sounds like healthy nutrition.

    Everyone has the choice. Education is key, in my opinion.

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  14. Bonnie
    02/15/2016

    PS. Sheep and cattle grazing in fields is not factory farming. Factory farming is keeping animals in tight confinement such that some cannot even lie down–as they stand in their own waste. Or crated in body cages where their babies have to suckle through bars. That’s why they fill them full of antibiotics. It is in no way a healthy environment for any animal.

    How can their flesh possibly be good for humans? Look at the rise in today’s prevalent diseases and wonder if their could be a connection. Then read longterm studies like the China Report and decide for yourself.

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  15. Krishnan
    02/18/2016

    Please stop killing animals.

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  16. DeEtte
    10/28/2016

    Really? PETA is nuts? What’s nuts is eating other sentient beings, whether they suffer horribly or suffer a little, before ending up on the dinner table.

    And it kills me how people think it’s barbaric to torture, kill, and eat cats and dogs, but find it’s A-OK to do so to pigs, chickens, lamb, rabbits, cows, calves, bison, venison, etc. THAT is nuts!

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