For every egg-laying hen born into the Australian egg industry, a male chick is born who can’t lay eggs and therefore has no commercial value. Every year in Australia, around 12 million of these male chicks are macerated (ground up alive) or gassed in the first day of their lives as ‘waste products’ of the industry. A large number of abnormal or deformed females are also macerated.
Now, for the first time ever in Australia, the horrific reality of this maceration has been captured on camera, along with the painful de-beaking inflicted on the female chicks. Filmed at one of the country’s largest hatcheries, owned by Specialised Breeders Australia (SBA) and located at Huntly, just outside of Bendigo, Victoria, the footage highlights the inexcusable cruelty and suffering behind every carton of eggs, from caged to free-range.
This Australian-first investigation is brought to you by Aussie Farms and Animal Liberation. To view the full campaign visit Eggs Exposed.
Featured photo: Aussie Farms