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.
|Title of host publication||Food Futures|
|Subtitle of host publication||Ethics, Science & Culture|
|Editors||I.A.S. Olsson, S.F. Araújo, M.F. Vieira|
|Place of Publication||Wageningen|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
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