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Germany may end mass killing of male chicks | DW News

Because of their lack of egg-laying, over 40 million male chicks are gassed or drowned in Germany every year. On Thursday, a court will decide if that practice will continue. Animal rights campaigners have complained about the killing of the chicks for years. They propose “dual-purpose chickens,” suitable for laying eggs as well as for fattening. But fattening male chickens is a longer and is more expensive process.
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