debeak


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debeak

vb (tr)
(Veterinary Science) to remove part of the beak of poultry to reduce the risk of such habits as feather-picking or cannibalism
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You debeak an animal; you put an animal in a cage, it can't turn around, it can't dust bath, it has no access to fresh air, every natural instinct is frustrated except they're being fed 24 hours a day, and you call that humane.
Since dead chickens don't make a profit, it's a common practice to debeak the birds to make life easier in the crowded warehouse.