In the U.S., more than 200 million male chicks are killed every single year. At Hy-Line Hatchery, the largest hatchery for egg laying breed chickens in the U.S., more than 150,000 baby birds are ground up alive every single day, Rice said, while the female chicks keep their lives but are destined to abject misery in wire cages so small they can barely move.
"There is no difference between throwing chicks into bags with piles of other dead chicks, and doing the same thing to puppies or kittens," Bruce Friedrich, director of policy and engagement at Farm Sanctuary, told The Dodo. "And yet when the egg or chicken industry treats birds like trash, that's business as usual, and it happens to hundreds of millions of animals annually."
Not a single federal law currently provides any protection to these birds at the hatchery, on the factory farm or during slaughter.
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