It’s understandably very upsetting to think of young chicks being killed. It raises an ethical issue and, if not carried out humanely, can be a welfare issue too
We understand that the majority - if not all - of male laying hen chicks in Britain, that are an unwanted result of egg production, are currently killed using inert gas*. However, maceration is also allowed**.
We are pleased that research is being carried out to look at ways of sexing chicks at an early stage - whilst still in the egg - to prevent the need to kill live male chicks.
We are following these developments with interest.
What do the RSPCA welfare standards, used by RSPCA Assured members, allow?
It’s understandably very upsetting to think of young chicks being killed. It raises an ethical