A bunch of innocent chicks clustered together, moving forward along the conveyor belt, looking forward to their bright future.
Immediately afterwards, they fell onto the rotating blade and were instantly cut to pieces.
This is not the evil montage in cult movies, but the cruel reality behind the egg industry.
Millions of chicks hatch and give birth every day around the world.
Since roosters cannot lay eggs, they will be destroyed by the hatchery on the first day.
All commercial egg farms buy laying hens from industrial hatcheries.
Only young hens can be sold, so young cocks are useless to the intensive breeding industry.
They can only be eliminated in terrible ways, such as being chopped up.
There is nothing worse than the fate of being a rooster.
Globally, approximately 7 billion male chicks are eliminated from the egg industry every year.
Even breeders used in breeding programs to fertilize eggs are considered superfluous for laying eggs and are usually killed shortly after mating.
Without any hypnosis or anesthesia, these conscious and ignorant young creatures were sent to the crusher to be crushed, torn, smashed, and become fuzzy flesh and blood.
Blood splashed between the machine's ruthless blades, and every millimeter of advancement caused indescribable pain until they finally died.
Some young roosters are prevented from becoming unrecognizable tissue in the waste removal system.
They are sent to zoos and become live animals that feed on reptiles and birds of prey.
Many people firmly believe that the pet food they buy comes from the remains of cattle and sheep.
However, the fact is that the animal ingredients used to make cat food and dog food mainly come from the egg industry.
The blood, feathers, bones, internal organs, glands in the pulverizer...These hatchery wastes are transported to the refining facility and turned into farm animal feed and pet food.
This is a dipping machine. This is a high-speed pulverizer used to destroy unhatched eggs-and substandard live chickens.
The chicken is a curious and interesting animal.
But they are also the most abused animals on the planet.
When we buy animal-derived cat food and dog food, we are also paying for the cost of killing young roosters.
In the UK, suffocation is the only legal way to destroy chickens.
In the United States, the main method used is crushing.
The American Veterinary Medical Association’s policy states: “Useless chicks, poultry, and fertilized eggs should be killed by an acceptable and humane method. For example, the use of a commercially designed crusher can cause instantaneous death.”
Animal welfare advocates insist that many of the current practices surrounding the butchering of chicken are unethical.
At the same time, it is wrong to unnecessarily use and kill other sentient creatures for food production, including chicks.
"This trend of raising species solely for the production of eggs or meat treats animals as simple inorganic substances. This leads to absurd practices such as cutting up live male chicks."
Someone commented further.
In September 2019, the Swiss Parliament voted to ban broken chickens.
However, the use of carbon dioxide to suffocate chickens is still legal.
Every year, about 3 million male chicks are killed in Switzerland.
In late October of the same year, French Minister of Agriculture Didier Guillaume told Le Monde: “We will stop shredding the chickens. It is no longer needed today. I mean, by the end of 2021.”
He further pointed out that this practice needs to be phased out rather than stopped immediately: "If we act immediately, what will happen? There will be no more eggs."
Currently, scientists must pierce each egg to sample to test the sex of unhatched chicks.
This is obviously not feasible in industrial scale farming.
According to EU law, it is legal to chop up chickens, as long as they die instantaneously and the chickens are less than 72 hours old.
Emma Hirst of the Animal Liberation Organization of New South Wales, Australia said: "They have been hiding this truth from consumers."
She believes that smashing chicks in the hatchery means that every egg you buy in the supermarket is bloody and cruel.
John Coward of the Egg Farmers Association of Australia believes that crushing is not only a common practice in the industry, but also considered the most humane way to dispose of male chicks.
"The moment of death is expected to be so fast, so the pain will be extremely short-lived."
But he also admitted that the industry cannot be sure how long the chicks may suffer.
According to "Poultry World" magazine, the advantages of live poultry crushing are: "The device is simple and easy to use, affordable, and the chicks are not affected. It can also be sold to the pet food industry, especially cat food."
In nature, hatching chicks is a glorious achievement.
A doting hen will protect her offspring under her wings, providing warmth and safety.
The chicks will whisper to stay close to their mother, just like the cry you hear in a large hatchery.
This is how nature intends to let the chicks into this world...
The difference is that under the noise of the machine, the baby's cry will never be heard by their mother.
Few people have seen these industrial nurseries.
Because it is obvious that this is not an advertisement that the egg industry tends to display.
This is how the chicken spends the first day on earth.
Fortunately for us, this is just a photo or a video.
But for those young roosters destined to become pet food, this is an inevitable fate.
A frightened one-day chick trembled in fear on the conveyor belt, which made those who saw it clearly realize the fact that it is a living, breathing air, beating heart.
This is his first day on earth and his last day. His mother is not here to comfort him. She suffered in her own hell, in a dark shed with thousands of other hens.
His short and lonely life will end on the edge of a conveyor belt. When he falls, he will flap his wings desperately and fly away. Instead, his body will be cut apart by the blade waiting below.
Now, in developed countries, each person eats more than 2 kg of chicken per month, an average of 25 kg per year.
Raising chickens on an industrial scale means that chicken is cheap.
If we can order a whole roast chicken for only ten or twenty yuan on the takeaway platform, obviously, this shows that the quality of life of these chickens has not received much investment.
95% of American eggs come from caged chickens.
200 million roosters survived in hatcheries in the United States.
One third of the slaughtered hens had broken legs.
20,000 hens in a barn are still counted as "free range."
In this world, animals and people must abide by cruel industry standards.
This is the reality they must face as food, and it is also the original sin that we are born with as carnivores.