The lesser of two evils? The killing of day-old male chicks in the Dutch egg sector

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Abstract

The practice of killing day-old chicks in the Dutch egg sector is a recurrent subject of societal debate. Preventing the killing of young animals and in ovo sex determination are the two main alternatives for this problem available. An online questionnaire was held to ask the opinion of the Dutch public about these alternatives. The results show that no alternative will be fully accepted, or accepted by more than half of Dutch society. However, the survey does provide an insight to what people think is important for their choice: food safety and a good treatment of animals. Irrespective of the alternative chosen, these values should be safeguarded and communicated clearly.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFood Futures
Subtitle of host publicationEthics, Science & Culture
EditorsI.A.S. Olsson, S.F. Araújo, M.F. Vieira
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen Academic
Pages72-75
ISBN (Electronic)9789086868346
ISBN (Print)9789086862887
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    Gremmen, H. G. J., & Blok, V. (2016). The lesser of two evils? The killing of day-old male chicks in the Dutch egg sector. In I. A. S. Olsson, S. F. Araújo, & M. F. Vieira (Eds.), Food Futures: Ethics, Science & Culture (pp. 72-75). Wageningen Academic. https://doi.org/10.3920/978-90-8686-834-6_9