Currently, 250 million lives are wasted by the egg industry each year, since it has no use for chickens who don't lay eggs - and that means male chicks. Traditionally, factory farms have simply shredded or suffocated the baby animals just after they're born.
But this new decision "will virtually eliminate this practice in the American egg industry," according to The Humane League.
"This statement came from months of negotiations and meetings with the UEP," David Coman-Hidy, executive director of The Humane League, told The Dodo. "Of course, this agreement followed years of successful campaigning to abolish battery cages."
Battery cages are cramped spaces where chickens can hardly move. The Humane League rallied against the practice, and won: Over 150 companies, including Walmart, Kroger, Sodexo, ConAgra and Denny's made commitments to stop sourcing eggs from farms that use these cages.