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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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Some poultry producers trim the beaks of (debeak) chickens to prevent the chickens from injuring each other through pecking.
"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.
"It means that millions more animals are raised on filthy, severely crowded factory farms; dehorned, debeaked and otherwise mutilated without painkillers and slaughtered in ways that would horrify any decent person - simply to satisfy an unsustainable demand for meat.
They are debeaked, deprived of outdoor access, fed an unnatural diet, and can't survive without controversial antibiotics.
With over 54,000 views on YouTube (PETA, 2012d), the powerful are brought closer to the powerless thanks to digital video, a potent instrument of power by which viewers are shown why McCartney says, "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian." The viewer is confronted with images of chickens being debeaked, a turkey having its head twisted around as a farm worker attempts to break its neck, veal cows being sold at auction and unable to walk because their muscles have atrophied, and baby pigs squealing as they are castrated, their tails cut off, and ears mutilated without painkillers.
"Animal Care Certified" gave the public the impression that the laying hens were raised under conditions other than being crowded into battery cages, debeaked, and deprived of food and/or light to be forced to molt.
debeaked and toe-clipped (22) and then packed by the tens of thousands
A deer, badger or rabbit that never learned its green cross code has not been dehorned, debeaked, castrated or transported in lorries, so those who eat them claim the moral high ground over farmed meats.