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France moves to ban mass live-shredding of male chicks

Agriculture minister announces an end to cruel mass culling method, and castration of piglets without anaesthesia

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France has said it will ban the controversial but widespread practices of live-shredding male chicks and castrating piglets without anaesthesia, in a move cautiously welcomed by animal welfare activists.

Some 7 billion male chicks, unwanted because they provide neither meat nor eggs, are culled around the world every year. Many are ground up alive, others are gassed, electrocuted, or asphyxiated in plastic bags.

Related: Slaughter of the songbirds: the fight against France’s ‘barbaric’ glue traps

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