United Egg Producers statement on eliminating male chick culling

June 10, 2016

Atlanta, Ga. (June 10, 2016): The below statement can be attributed in its entirety to Chad Gregory, President and CEO, United Egg Producers:

“As representatives of more than 95 percent of egg production in the United States, United Egg Producers (UEP) and our farmer-members have an obligation to study and adopt practices that improve animal welfare. Our members recognize that this extends to the practice of male chick culling at hatcheries, and as such, our Board, at its May 2016 meeting, took a meaningful step forward to address this difficult issue and approved the following statement:

‘United Egg Producers and our egg farmer members support the elimination of day-old male chick culling after hatch for the laying industry. We are aware that there are a number of international research initiatives underway in this area, and we encourage the development of an alternative with the goal of eliminating the culling of day old male chicks by 2020 or as soon as it is commercially available and economically feasible. The U.S. egg industry is committed to continuing our proud history of advancing excellent welfare practices throughout the supply chain, and a breakthrough in this area will be a welcome development.’