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German farmer says ban on killing male chicks is ‘consumer fraud’

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“I’m a brother. Here I can be one,” is scrawled on a door at an organic farm in Germany. Inside the mobile chicken coop, with an outdoor run, are 1,500 white chickens who peck about in the straw or rest on a perch. The brothers of the laying hens are 11 weeks old and in another nine weeks, they are to be slaughtered. Farmers don’t usually see male chicks as valuable, as they do not lay eggs and fatten too slowly to be sold as meat. However, top chefs come from all over Germany to buy the poultry that is for sale at Carsten Bauck’s farm. “This is exactly what chefs want and they often tell thei…

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