Bio-Planet Updates Animal Welfare Policy for Eggs
Colruyt’s organic supermarket chain, Bio-Planet, updated its egg production requirements with the aim of improving animal welfare.
The retailer will now only sell eggs from production without chick slaughter.
In Europe, some 300 million male chicks are slaughtered soon after hatching each year.
Indeed, compared to female hens, they need up to four times more food to grow and they produce little meat.
To avoid the culling of chicks, Bio-Planet will source its eggs from farms that implement the Seleggt technique, to distinguish between male and female eggs after only nine days of incubation.
Eggs that will hatch into roosters are removed from the hatching circuit and turned into animal feed, the retailer said.
Bio-Planet eliminates the culling of chicks
For the past 20 years, Bio-Planet has focused on “conscious consumption”, selling organic eggs from free-range hens, raised to high animal welfare standards.
Organic chickens eat organic feed, spend a third of their life outdoors, and when indoors have more space than chickens in conventional poultry farming.
Jan Van Holsbeke, Managing Director of Bio-Planet, said: “We first started applying the technique to our organic Boni Egg Whites and immediately saw potential for further expansion. Today, Bio-Planet only sells eggs selected by the Seleggt technique, but we are of course keeping an eye out for other technologies.
“The fact that we have been able to convert our entire range of organic fresh eggs is an important step towards more animal welfare. We want to show, in our pioneering role, that with the right innovative techniques we can really make a difference in the sector.
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