Support Ending Egg Industry Infanticide


Target: Unilever North America President Kees Kruythoff

Goal: Praise corporate vow to find alternatives to the practice of killing male chicks in the egg farming industry

Many consumers of eggs and egg products may not realize that the practice of murdering day-old male chicks en masse is rampant in the egg farming industry. Because male chicks will not grow up to be egg producers, they are considered useless. Therefore millions of male chicks, once their sex has been determined, are killed every year via horrifying methods. Fortunately, Unilever USA is taking steps to end this cruel practice on egg farms.

This process, called chick culling, reduces breeders’ costs for sheltering and feeding animals they view as unnecessary. Male chicks on America’s commercial egg farms are stuffed into trash bags and tossed into dumpsters to die or funneled into a machine that shreds their tiny bodies into pulp, a practice called maceration. Both of these practices are entirely legal and widespread throughout the egg production industry.

Unilever USA recently decided to take matters into its own hands by funding research that would be able to identify the sex of chicks before they hatch, so that male chicks would not have to be thrown away or eaten alive by a machine. Unilever is the parent company of such popular brands as Ben & Jerry’s, Klondike, Hellmann’s, and Slim-Fast, and while the corporation itself does not run any egg farming operations of its own, some of its companies obviously use egg products. Unilever USA also announced it is committed to finding alternatives to egg products in some foods to provide options for consumers with certain dietary restrictions or preferences. The corporation worked with the Humane Society of the United States, Compassion in World Farming, Farm Forward, and the Humane League to develop these new animal welfare guidelines.

By signing this petition, you are thanking Unilever North America President Kees Kruythoff for helping to end the culling of male chicks in the egg industry. You are calling on them to follow through with their commitment to provide egg-free options and to find alternatives to the cruel mass murder of day-old male chicks.


Dear President Kruythoff,

I am heartened by Unilever USA’s incredible announcement that it will start to push back against the inhumane practices used by egg farming operations to cull day-old male chicks. By funding research that would allow for the identification of the chick’s sex while it is still in the egg, Unilever USA could revolutionize the egg industry and do away with the cruel methods of throwing away or pulping live chicks. I am also encouraged by your company’s dedication to providing plant-based alternatives to egg ingredients in some products. I sincerely appreciate all the steps that Unilever USA has taken within the last few years to end farm animal abuse, especially within the egg production industry.

Thank you for your commitment to ending the practice of killing male chicks. Thank you for making strides to accommodate diverse dietary needs, as well as improve sustainability and address animal welfare concerns. I urge you to continue to be a leader among global corporations when it comes to animal welfare, sustainability, and inclusivity.


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