The Hy-Line hatchery of West Des Moines, Iowa, is showcased in a new video being publicized by the animal rights group named Mercy for Animals. The video shows living male chicks being tossed into a grinder.
Male chicks are undesirable in the hatchery business as they produce no eggs and grow too slowly to be profitable as a meat product. 200 million male chicks are killed yearly. A United Egg Producers spokesman says "...we can find no market, no need."
The Humane Society says that there is no federal law requiring hatcheries to humanely euthanize their animals. Even so, Hy-Line has commented that the video "appears to show an inappropriate action and violation of our animal welfare policies."