In the first German supermarkets there are now eggs from a new method against the chick to buy kill. “With this method, there is for the Killing of male laying hen Chicks on duration no more reason”, said Minister of agriculture, Julia Klöckner (CDU) in Berlin.
are Currently being killed in the breeding of laying hens in Germany alone, annually 45 million male Chicks, since they don’t lay eggs and not as much meat as broilers schedule.
at the University of Leipzig developed procedure was a world first and a breakthrough on the way to stop the mass Killing of male Chicks, said Klöckner. The sex will be recognized in front of the Hatch in the Egg. With a Laser a tiny hole in the shell is burned. So it can be extracted from the Egg fluid, which is tested on sex hormones. Male Chicks do not hatch, thus, their eggs are processed into animal feed. The method is not ready for production, so it can be used in all hatcheries.
when the could so far, not wanted to Klöckner say. It is not clear whether the companies would be obliged to use the new method. First of all, the Minister wants to rely on a “voluntary obligation”. “If hatcheries to say, we don’t care, we come to a different legal evaluation of the matter,” she said.
For the hatcheries will incur no additional costs, announced the providers of the procedure. Instead, they require the commercial license fee. Thus, eggs from laying hens that were bred with the new method, a bit more expensive.
These eggs should be in 223 Berlin supermarkets of the chains Rewe and Penny offered until the end of 2019, it is intended to give you in all 5500 super markets chains. The 6-Pack would cost ten cents more than a Pack of 6 free range eggs, – said the Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Rewe group, Jan Kunath. “The price jumps, the accept the consumer.”
The poultry economy was skeptical because of the new procedure. “It is our total commitment to you as fast as is Chicks possible exit from the Killing of male day-old, as soon as a real Alternative exists,” said the Association. The System had to be practical and faster than previously planned. The farmers ‘ Association welcomed the initiative: “These procedures should be made a practice of Mature and in widespread use in all hatcheries are used,” said Secretary-General Bernhard Krüsken.
animal rights activists against the Screening of male Chicks are not useful. “The breeding is not a solution in the sense of a responsible animal, because hens must also continue to provide the highest performance,” said the Federal environment and nature conservation (BUND). The poultry industry needs to be changed, that chickens are suitable both for eggs and for meat production. Then the male Chicks could be reared and their meat is marketed.
now you can buy the eggs from hatcheries, where both female and male Chicks will be reared. The so-called brother rooster eggs are more expensive, and therefore, according to the trade is not suitable for mass production.