In Spain, 35 million day-old chickens are gassed and crushed every year

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This practice is prohibited in both Germany and France, but allowed in Spain and the rest of the Member States.

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A total of
19 European animal protection NGOs have delivered an open letter to the Council of the European Union (EU) to request a ban on the gassing and grinding of day-old chickens and ducks in the EU, since in Spain 35 million are slaughtered per year and in Europe 330 million .

This practice is prohibited in both Germany and France, but allowed in Spain and the rest of the Member States.and in the face of "the EU review of farm animal welfare legislation", these NGOs urge
27 Ministers of Agriculture of the European Union to ban this practice, as reported by Animal Equality in a statement.

For every hen raised for egg production, a male chicken is crushed or gassed, says the entity, because it is considered
"unproductive" both for the egg industry for not laying eggs and for the meat industry for lacking its meat of economic value.

It also happens with female ducks, since their liver is "less profitable" for the production of foie gras, so producers "only raise and feed male ducks".

The crushing and gassing of these animals is permitted by EU law, and is only prohibited in France and Germany, countries where hatcheries have until 2022 to use "in-ovo" sexing devices (in the egg) and finish with the "systematic slaughter" of male chickens.

at continental level,
94% of almost 60,000 respondents in a public consultation by the European Commission support a ban on this practice, while in Spain 68% of citizens support it according to a survey by the French company L214/YouGov.

It is one of the practices
"cruelest of industrial farming", according to the declaration of the co-founder of Animal Equality, Javier Moreno, who emphasizes that Spain "cannot be left behind in European advances in animal welfare"

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