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What happens to the Males?
Published on Sep 11, 2014
When you open an egg carton, what do you see? This video will change it all.
Chickens don't need to be killed for their eggs, right? Not so fast. Only female chickens can produce eggs. So what happens to all the male chicks who are hatched in egg factories? They can't be raised profitably for meat because they haven't been genetically engineered to grow fast enough. (Chickens raised for meat are engineered to grow so large so fast that their legs often break beneath them.) So each year, hundreds of millions of male chicks are shoved into plastic bags and left to suffocate, are gassed to death, or are even ground up alive.
Conditions at egg factory farms are atrocious. Cage floors are made of wire mesh, so urine and feces fall from the upper tiers onto the chickens below. A single cage, roughly 16 inches by 18 inches, holds five or six hens, each with a wingspan of 32 inches, so they can barely move. Hens bred to be "super layers" experience so much stress that they live only a few years before their bodies wear out and they're sent to slaughter.
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