P-06-1202 Ban the killing of day old chicks in Wales



This petition was submitted David Grimsell, having collected 413 signatures online and 731 on paper, for a total of 1,144 signatures.


Text of Petition:                     

To produce laying hens only female chicks are needed. Male chicks are killed shortly after hatching. The chicks are killed by gassing or maceration. Gassing is likely to be highly aversive, while maceration is brutal. Technology exists by which the sex of an egg can be determined, so male eggs can be prevented from hatching. France and Germany will ban the killing of male chicks by 2021 and 2022 respectively. Wales should now ban this practice too and provide a lead to the rest of the UK.


white chick on persons hand




This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 07/02/2022.


The Committee agreed to write back to the Minister to:

  • share the expert views of the HSA and RSPCA; and
  • share the petitioners view and his call for the Welsh Government to engage with the UK government to explore positive ways to end the culling of chicks.


And also agreed to close the petition on that basis.


Full details of the consideration of this petition by the Committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.

It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 01/11/2021.


Senedd Constituency and Region

  • Ceredigion
  • Mid and West Wales


Further information

Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 29/09/2021