debeaking


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debeaking

removal of part of the beak, usually the front third of the upper beak, of domestic fowls as a prevention against cannibalism in birds in intensive housing. See also cannibalism.
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Most notable is debeaking, although this term does not appear in the organic laws.
Debeaking involves using a hot blade to slice off the beak of
The farmers trim the birds' beaks to keep them from pecking other birds, even though debeaking causes acute pain that recurs when the bird eats.
I am appalled by the abuses themselves--shooting, trapping, and poisoning; branding, castrating, forcibly impregnating, separating mother and young, tail docking, debeaking, confining, transporting in cattle cars, and slaughtering; burning, cutting, gassing, starving, asphyxiating, decapitating, decompressing, irradiating, electrocuting, freezing, crushing, paralyzing, amputating, excising organs, removing parts of the brain, socially isolating, inducing addiction, and imposing disease--these acts are repellant because of what they do to the animals.
It is not kind to animals and allows practices such as battery farming and debeaking.
In 2000, McDonald's Restaurants came to an agreement with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to treat its hens better: the hens lay two billion eggs a year for the chain, and after two years of negotiations, the fast-food giant agreed to increase the hens' living space, ban forced molting, and phase out debeaking.
FOOD WARNING: Dr Hund; CROWDED; PACKED IN: Thousands of organic chickens spend their whole lives squeezed into a huge British production shed; CRUEL; NO ESCAPE: A helpless hen is put through the painful debeaking at another farm to stop it pecking other birds
I'VE just got back from my pre-Easter holiday break, a relaxing weekend of chicken debeaking on the former anthrax island of Gruinard (well, what more fitting location could there be for a miserable, whining hack like me?
On factory farms, turkeys frequently have the ends of their beaks and toes cut off without anesthesia -- practices know as debeaking and detoeing -- to prevent them from injuring one another as they are crowded by the thousands into dark, filthy warehouses.
Debeaking, Egg Machines, and Killing Starts in 10 Minutes (Figs.
Friedrich's letter said the debeaking method, common to the vast majority of the nation's egg producers, is painful and "enormously stressful" to the birds.
87) Several studies have linked debeaking to profit maximization.