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Animal protection bills introduced in Brazilian National Congress

Two bills recently introduced in the Brazilian National Congress could impact billions of farmed animals, including newborn chicks.
April 23, 2024 Updated: April 24, 2024
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In partnership with Animal Equality, Federal Deputy Luciene Cavalcante introduced two animal protection bills in the Brazilian National Congress in March 2024. 

If passed, Bill (PL) 783/2024 would ban the killing of male chicks, a common practice in the egg industry due to their inability to lay eggs. This bill proposes the use of in-ovo sexing technologies, allowing the sex of embryos to be determined before incubation. Annually, this could save approximately 84 million chicks from being shredded, suffocated, or otherwise killed on their first days of life. 

The second bill, 784/2024, would regulate the labeling of animal products. Food companies would be required to inform consumers about cruel practices used for production, including extreme confinement, the killing of newborn chicks and calves, and painful mutilations without anesthesia. If passed, this bill will impact over 7 billion animals raised for food.

These proposed bills align with Article 225 of the Brazilian Constitution and Article 32 of the Environmental Crimes Law, which have criminalized animal cruelty. This includes cruelty to farmed animals, such as cows, pigs, and chickens. Bill 784 also aligns with the Consumer Protection Code, which guarantees consumers’ right to be informed about the products they consume. 

These bills were developed in collaboration with animal protection and research organizations such as Alianima, the Fórum Nacional de Proteção e Defesa Animal, Natureza Conecta, Mercy For Animals, World Animal Protection, Sinergia Animal, and the Welfare Footprint Project.

Animal Equality fights for male chicks

Animal Equality in Brazil has negotiated with companies and producers to secure protections for male chicks, promoting the use of  in-ovo sexing technology where available. A crucial commitment made by South America’s largest egg producer–Grupo Mantiqueira–will spare around 8 million chicks annually. 

Meanwhile, over 125,000 people have signed Animal Equality’s petition to end male chick killing in the U.S. egg industry. 

Billions of baby birds face death on the day they are born simply because their lives are not profitable. Please sign the petition to end this massacre.

Animal Equality in the U.S. has also released its Love Veg cookbook, providing egg-free recipes for plant-based beginners. Download your free cookbook today to get started on your compassionate journey.  

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