Egg Industry Wants to Modify Embryos Genetically to End Killing of Male Chicks

Posted by Faith Taylor | June 15th, 2016

Male chicks are useless to the egg industry. Since they don’t lay eggs and aren’t bred to be large enough to be profitable to the meat industry, they’re treated like “waste products” – and around 12 million are gassed or shredded to death every year in Australia.

Now, new “embryo-sexing” technology aims to modify chicken embryos genetically, leading only female chicks to be hatched.

 

Egg Industry Wants to Modify Embryos Genetically to End Killing of Male Chicks

 

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