Ending Chick Culling: Ethics, CSR, or PR?

chickOver the next few years, most egg producers in the US will end the practice of culling (i.e., killing) male chicks. Different people will look at this very differently. Some (those who see animals as having significant moral worth) will see it as a matter of industry finally getting around to doing what’s ethically right. Others may see it as a matter of Corporate Social Responsibility—not an outright obligation, but a “socially good” thing, given how many people in society are at least uncomfortable with current, ugly, practice. Others will see it as pure PR. The difference will depend not just on substantive differences in opinion about the moral status of animals, but also on differences regarding the proper extent of terms like “CSR.” (But note that the 3 options outlined here are not mutually exclusive: it could be ethically required even if we think the industry is doing it for mere PR reasons.) >>>

LINK: This is the best news for America’s animals in decades. It’s about baby chickens. (by Dylan Matthews for Vox)

In a massive victory for animal rights activists, and for America’s chickens, United Egg Producers, a group that represents 95 percent of all eggs produced in the United States, has announced that it will eliminate culling of male chicks at hatcheries where egg-laying hens are born by 2020.

This may sound like a technical development, but its magnitude in humanitarian terms is difficult to overstate. That’s because standard practice at hatcheries that supply egg farms with hens is to kill almost all male chicks shortly after birth, usually by grinding them to death….

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  1. It never ceases to amaze me how man feels he is smarter than God who created all things, small and large. They are still killing the male chicks through technology, only they’re now doing it before they are born. A German scientist revealed she had discovered a method for detecting the gender of a chick inside the egg. Now, Germany is promising to use that research to eliminate the widespread culling of male chicks. They’re still killing off the male chicks because man has no need for them. That is 6 in one hand and half a dozen in the other. Technology has taken man from one end of the Titanic to the other, the male chicks are still going to drown.

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