European Commission confirms support for egg sexing research projects
21 February 2020
Answer given by Commissioner Kyriakides on behalf of the European Commission
The European Food Safety Authority report on the killing of poultry points out a number of hazards associated with the use of killing methods for male day-old chicks of laying hens breeds. Any method currently available has pros and cons and the EU legislation establishes a balance between the welfare of animals and available practices. The Commission is aware of the research on egg sexing; some of the ongoing projects being supported by the EU. However, at present, there is no alternative commercially available to the killing of day-old chicks. The Commission will continue to closely monitor future developments in this area and to fully support animal welfare policies with any relevant results from research and innovation activities.