Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Das Huhn oder das Ei

Germany has ways of sorting the survivors;
...the German Greens party has called for an end to factory farming. During the industrial breeding of chickens, young chicks are often treated particularly badly, say critics.
They're known as one-day chicks – baby chickens that never grow older than a day. Thousands of them are killed every day across Germany. The reason: they are male, so they won't lay any eggs, so feeding them up simply isn't economically viable.
Nor is having to kill them, so they're working on a final solution;
No one, including the industry, actually wants to have to kill healthy male one-day chicks," says Maria-Elisabeth Krautwald-Junghanns, veterinarian and researcher at Leipzig University. She researches ways to potentially determine the sex of a chicken embryo even before it is hatched. She's hoping her research will mean that, in the future, only female embryos will be incubated.

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