Success: Germany Bans Grinding Up Chicks Alive

Target: Christian Schmidt, German Agriculture Minister

Goal: Applaud Germany for becoming the first country to ban the practice of “chick shredding.”

Day old chicks are routinely thrown into a macerator which grinds up them up alive or thrown into the trash where they will suffocate to death. This is due to the fact that in the egg industry, freshly hatched male chicks are considered “unprofitable” because they are unable to lay eggs. Thanks to public outcry, including the voices here at ForceChange, Germany became the first country to ban the practice of “chick shredding,” which will save about 45 million chicks annually.

The German government teamed up with scientists to find an alternative to this heinous practice. Thanks to groundbreaking technology, the egg industry can now determine the sex of the chick before they hatch. Now eggs that are identified as male will be taken away from the hatchery.

Mr. Schmidt stated that the new technology will fully be put into practice by the end of 2016. Animal activists are hoping that with this new technology along with Germany’s new ban, more countries will follow suit. Sign our petition “Prevent Suffering of Baby Chicks” if you want to continue the fight in other countries, including the U.S. Applaud Mr. Schmidt and German citizens for being innovative and finding new ways to help prevent future cruelty to animals.


Dear Mr. Christian Schmidt,

In the egg industry, “chick shredding” is a common practice that takes the lives of millions of baby chickens annually. Thanks to your hard work along with the help of scientists and German citizens, “chick shredding” is now banned in all of Germany. Instead groundbreaking technology will be used in hatcheries that are able to determine the sex of the chick before they hatch. This will save about 45 million chicks annually.

In addition, Germany is the first country to ban this practice. Hopefully Germany’s recent ban on this practice along with the new technology will inspire other countries to follow suit.

I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work and for taking this huge step in helping animals throughout Germany.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Benjamin Rondel

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  1. Thank you! Vielen Dank!

  2. fantastic news! But what will happen to the ‘male’eggs taken away from the hatchery?

    Also, this should be an EU Directive and then hopefully other nations will follow.

  3. Reading the above statement has made me very happy that this cruel barbaric trade is now stopped in Germany, lets hope all other countries follow their example.

  4. Britne' Sumpter says:

    It’s good that they changed but that sh*t should of never happen to begin with.


  6. It’s all so heartbreaking … I don’t know what to say ….

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