15.06.2021

The Dutch House of Representatives wants to ban the killing of day-old chicks

The Dutch House of Representatives wants the killing of day-old chicks to be banned. On Tuesday 15 June, a majority of the House of Representatives supported a motion on this.

Since there are currently four techniques with which the sex of a hen can already be determined in the egg, it is believed that the killing of day-old chicks the day after hatching should be banned as soon as possible. Germany and France will ban the killing of day-old chicks by 2022. A majority in the House of Representatives therefore wants such a ban in the Netherlands.

At the moment there are four techniques with which the sex of a chicken can be determined already in the egg of In Ovo, AAT, Seleggt and Plantegg. In addition, laying hens are currently being fattened. However, the rooster meat is difficult to sell. According to the poultry sector, fattening laying hens is an interim solution for killing day-old chicks until techniques for sex determination in the egg have been developed in such a way and can be applied on a large scale, Minister Schouten recently wrote. Minister Schouten thinks these are both good solutions, but emphasizes that there must be sufficient sales opportunities for them.

This development helps us to scale up the production of our Ovolin Dried Egg Proteins under this unique welfare standard.