Male chicks tossed alive into grinder

September 4th, 2009 by Pelle Billing

I couldn’t keep this quote from you (a friend passed it on to me):

The group said that tossing male chicks, which have little value because they can’t lay eggs [my emphasis] or be raised quickly enough to be raised profitably for meat, into grinders is common industry practice. United Egg Producers, a trade group for U.S. egg farmers, confirmed that.

Male disposability even affects poultry, for the very same reason that it affects men (men don’t have wombs).

Here’s the full article.

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15 Responses to “Male chicks tossed alive into grinder”

  1. Jim Says:

    There used to eb a little rhyme to enforce gender norms:
    “Whstling girls and crowing hens, always come to bad ends.”

    Whistling girls ended up as syphilitic prostitutes, I guess was the threat, and crowing hens were really roosters, and they went into the pot.

    This is age-old pattern in raising animals, and it’s not any big deal. Here it’s the cruelty of the killing that is disgusting. In archaeological digs they generally find all the male bones of whatever species to be from young individuals and the older bones to be form female individuals, because they were kept for milk or whatever.

    And for a lot of these species, this was the pattern in the wild. Wild horses used to form female herds belonging to one dominant stallion and then herds of bachelors would form form all the males who aged out after weaning.

  2. Danny Says:

    Oh my goodness. So these male chicks are tossed away just because they are male and there is no use for them because they can’t lay eggs or grow into edible chickens fast enough. This is indeed male disposability at its worst.

    And the article comments that this is common practice. Killed if you’re male, kept for breeding if you’re female. Isn’t that what happens when invaders take over a city the females are forced into sexual slavery and the males are killed on sight?

  3. Andrew Says:

    If male chicks were more profitable it’d be the females that would go to the grinder. IMO male disposabilty has its roots in biological and psychological evolution – but this is simply about industrial food habits.

    (It’s not all about us!)

  4. Danny Says:

    If male chicks were more profitable it’d be the females that would go to the grinder. IMO male disposabilty has its roots in biological and psychological evolution – but this is simply about industrial food habits.
    True but either way you look at it its still a matter of determining that since males have no value they are better off dead.

    And while for the sake of the industrial complex I agree if the situation were reversed the female babies would be getting grinded I honestly think the outrage would have come sooner and stronger than this (or at least the title would have actually had “female” in it to let the reader know that females were being killed).

  5. Jim Says:

    ‘IMO male disposabilty has its roots in biological and psychological evolution ”

    Well the same is true for female infanticide. Little girls don’t continue your family; they continue someone else’s in most cultures, so why invest an entire childhood in one?. Are you equally blase about that?

  6. Andrew Says:

    Danny you might be right.

    Jim, I take male disposability very seriously. It does have an evolutionary root though, as I see it, as do most (all?) things related to sex. This doesn’t mean it’s not time to upgrade and increase value for men’s role, quite the opposite. That’s part of why I like Pelle’s work. Does that make sense to you?

  7. Pelle Billing Says:

    Maybe I should clarify and say that I posted this quote to demonstrate how deep the biological roots of male disposability are. They are so deep that we are blind to them. If we hadn’t been blind to them, then it wouldn’t have made any sense to form a feminist movement, people would instead have formed a gender liberation movement or something along those lines.

  8. hampus Says:

    I agree with Pelle, there are so many fundamental desicions made about us males regardless of species that boil down to the very same question about a mans individual worth. You may laugh at this, but it forms a notion that enhances the notion of us males as being disposable. I am not saying male chicks should or not be fed live to grinders, I’m saying this behavior is a clue to hor modern society whishes to regard us males.

    That is all.

  9. hampus Says:

    To clarifye, I’m definitely not advotcating for mercy on behalf of the male chicks other than their pain of being grinded to death alive, but more importantly it demonstrates societies view on men that they are resources to be harvested by any means whatsoever. Forget all ethical or jurisdictional premisses, if it is a male, just dispose of him, if he can’t deliver anylonger.

  10. hampus Says:

    And the really sad part is we have countless of politcal and jurisdictional enforcements thta show this very disrearding mentality when concerning human males. At least in sweden.

  11. Lövet Says:

    Well, this post could possibly be considered supportive towards Mrs Von Wachenfeldts infamous Solana quote: “Men are animals”…

    Or, at least: “Animals are men”…

  12. Jim Says:

    “That’s part of why I like Pelle’s work. Does that make sense to you?’

    Got it, Andrew – thanks. It’s just that so often nature is invoked as a jsutification for leaving things the way they are.

  13. haley Says:

    i saw the vid. its terrible

  14. John Says:

    The United Egg Producers is a discredited trade organization with a sordid history of consumer fraud and animal cruelty. The “UEP Certified” program allows hens to be confined in cages that provide each animal less space than a sheet of paper to spend her life. More at http://www.humanesociety.org/uep

  15. Samantha Says:

    They should give the males away to petting zoos where kids learn about animals and throw them feed in their pens. Some farmers might want them (some farmers lose their animals to predators and need more). Some people keep them as pets where permitted (Our neighbors had one. Noisy and big, but cute). Even poor families or under privileged countries would eat them. Food kitchens for the homeless would probably take them off of their hands. There’s probably another way to get rid of the chickens, but they just don’t want to spend their time, energy, and money on the problem.


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