France bans grinding live chicks, non-anaesthetised piglet castration

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France is to outlaw from 2021 the practice of mass shredding of live male chicks, still authorised by an EU directive if it causes 'immediate' death, and the castration of piglets without the use of anaesthetics.

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France has said it will ban the controversial but widespread practices of live-shredding male chicks and castrating piglets without anaesthesia, in a move cautiously welcomed by animal welfare activists, reports The Guardian.