Vegans do not only do without eggs because the chickens are not kept in a confined space for their production. The killing of male chicks is particularly cruel. In many cases, these are shredded alive shortly after birth. Aldi will soon put an end to this. "Aldi does away with chick killing," says a press release. It will take a long time before this happens. It is not until 2022 that the group plans to use the new technology that makes this possible across the board.
Gender determination already in the egg
In June 2019, the Federal Court of Justice passed a devastating judgment for all animal rights activists. Chick killing remains allowed for the time being. The judges placed the economic interests of the hatcheries above the life of the 45 million chicks that are shredded every year in Germany. Bringing up the male chicks would simply be too much of a financial burden for the farms, because laying chickens in the fattening do not have enough meat.
Instead of raising the male chicks, politics and business are now working on methods that should make it possible to determine the sex of a chick in the egg and to dispose of the corresponding eggs before the animal hatches. Aldi Süd and Nord now want to provide financial support for research on these projects – with the aim of being able to rely fully on them by 2022. “We are the first dealers to abolish chickens on a large scale. With our advance we want to put an end to this understandable and often criticized procedure, ”says Simon Gelzer, Managing Director Corporate Buying at ALDI SÜD.
What about the processed eggs in other products?
Now the question arises, what about all the products in the Aldi range in which eggs are processed. There is no clear statement on this in the communication. Here it only says:
We can only hope that most companies will choose the new process if it is mature enough.
By 2022: Put on the eggs of the "Bruderhahn project"
But of course it's not just supermarkets that have a responsibility to do something. We, as consumers, can also position ourselves clearly against chick killing. Be it through a vegan diet or through the conscious purchase of eggs from initiatives such as the "Bruderhahn project". Eggs that are labeled accordingly are not only available at Aldi, but also in most other supermarkets.
We think: With this changeover, Aldi is definitely on the right track. It is just a shame that it will take so long before the new procedure is implemented. Switching to the "Bruderhahn" eggs in the meantime would certainly have been a good compromise. How do you feel about chickens? Please write us your opinion in the comments.