Germany will become the first country to ban the killing of baby chicks that are male. This law goes into effect in 2022.
Why would anyone want to kill a male baby chick? Because farmers don’t want them to grow up to be roosters that cannot lay eggs and are not suitable for meat production. They can be aggressive and an economic burden on farmers who just want the girl chicks for their meat and eggs.
The practice of killing baby chicks is common and awful. In Germany, farmers will no longer be allowed to do this but they can use technology to prevent male baby chicks from being born in the first place by identifying the sex of the animal before it is hatched.