Germany was the first country to announce an end to the practice last year. The country's egg industry had been throwing away the lives of 45 million newborn chicks per year. In the U.S., at least 500,000 chicks are culled per day.
"We are currently looking to work with other countries to implement similar timelines so that we can eliminate this practice globally," Coman-Hidy said.
As it is, today, animal lovers everywhere can breathe a huge sigh of relief.
Correction: A previous version of this article said that 6,000 chicks are culled in the U.S. each day; in fact, that number is 500,000.
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