France is ending chick shredding, the egg industry’s cruel practice of grinding up newly hatched male chicks. This begs one simple question: What is the U.S. waiting for?

Grinding up live chicks is a barbaric practice that has no place in any civilized country.

Because male birds don’t produce eggs — and because they’re too small to profitably be used for their flesh — they’re routinely killed, on both conventional and self-described “free-range” egg farms. Their sisters suffer as well. Most hens spend their lives confined to battery cages. Each bird has less space than a letter-size sheet of paper, not even enough room to stretch a single wing.

Farmers cut off a portion of each hen’s sensitive beak with a hot blade, without pain relievers, to prevent the birds from pecking at one another out of stress and desperation. When hens can no longer produce as many eggs, they’re sent to the slaughterhouse, where they’re often scalded alive.

If you don’t want to contribute to such cruelty, visit www.PETA.org for free vegan recipes, easy egg replacers and tips on how you can help animals.

Heather Moore

The PETA Foundation

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