Germany approves draft law to end mass culling of male chicks. In the poultry industry, male chicks are gassed or shredded in macerators shortly after birth. : worldnews

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Germany is expected to become the first country to ban mass culling of male chicks in the poultry industry, the government said after approving a draft law ending the controversial practice.

In many poultry businesses, male chicks are separated from females soon after hatching and shredded or gassed as they do not produce eggs and generate less meat.

Germany and France committed in January 2020 to work together to end the practice of chick shredding by the end of 2021.The French agriculture minister, Didier Guillaume, has also committed to outlawing the practice in France from the end of 2021.Switzerland banned the shredding of live chicks last year, but still allows them to be gassed.

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Swiss parliament approves same-sex marriage : worldnews

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The Swiss parliament passed a bill on Friday that would allow same-sex couples to marry and that will eventually bring the small Alpine nation in line with much of Europe on gay rights.

Switzerland is one of the few European countries where same-sex marriage is not legal.

The Rainbow Families association, which was founded in 2010 to defend the interests of gay parents in Switzerland, was preparing to submit the issue to a referendum.

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