United Egg Producers
Atlanta, Georgia, June 10, 2016: The below statement can be attributed in its entirety to Chad Gregory, President and CEO, United Egg Producers:
“As representatives of more than 95 percent of egg production in the United States, United Egg Producers (UEP) and our farmer-members have an obligation to study and adopt practices that improve animal welfare. Our members recognize that this extends to the practice of male chick culling at hatcheries, and as such, our Board, at its May 2016 meeting, took a meaningful step forward to address this difficult issue and approved the following statement:
‘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.’
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CONTACT: Hinda Mitchell, on behalf of UEP, 614.537.8926. Visit www.UEPCertified.com for more details on our hen care programs.
United Egg Producers (UEP) is a cooperative of U.S. egg farmers working collaboratively to address legislative, regulatory and advocacy issues impacting the industry through active farmer-member leadership, a unified voice and partnership across the agriculture community. UEP’s farmer-members work to provide for the health and well-being of their birds; to produce safe, nutritious, high-quality eggs; and to manage their farms responsibly with best on-farm management practices. Leadership of and participation in the UEP Certified program by the vast majority of egg producers further demonstrates a broad commitment to the care of egg-laying hens. UEP also manages the national Egg Safety Center, a leading resource for consumer and industry information on the safe production of eggs and prevention of disease. Formed in 1968, UEP members represent about 95 percent of US egg production.