The United Egg Producers (UEP) announces a meaningful step forward in approving a statement addressing the issue of male chicks in egg production at its May 2016 board meeting. 

During this process, UEP chose to engage The Humane League, which (along with other activist groups) has campaigned against the egg production industry in the past on this topic, in order to encourage this approach as an alternative to public campaigns.

UEP’s board-approved statement reads as follows:


“United Egg Producers and our egg farmer members support the elimination of day-old male chick culling after hatch for the laying industry. We are aware that there are a number of international research initiatives underway in this area, and we encourage the development of an alternative with the goal of eliminating the culling of day old male chicks by 2020 or as soon as it is commercially available and economically feasible. The U.S. egg industry is committed to continuing our proud history of advancing excellent welfare practices throughout the supply chain, and a breakthrough in this area will be a welcome development.”