In Brief: Court rules mass killing of male chicks can continue, 6.5 billion euros raised in 5G spectrum auction

In a ruling Thursday, Germany’s Federal Administrative Court said the process of killing male chicks shortly after hatching can continue -- but only until an alternative is found.

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Some news making international headlines, the mass killing of male chicks remains legal in Germany.

Approximately 45-million male chicks are killed in Germany each year because they do not lay eggs and aren’t considered suitable for fattening and eating.

In a ruling Thursday, Germany’s Federal Administrative Court said the process of killing male chicks shortly after hatching can continue — but only until an alternative is found. If the sex of the chick can be determined before hatching, this type of practice would be unnecessary.

In 2013, North Rhine-Westphalia tried to ban the practice. Hatcheries protested the change, bringing the topic of mass killing of chicks before the courts.

In response to the news, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Klöckner said alternatives to the practice already exist.

“My position on chick killing has been clear for a long time: it is not ethically justifiable,” Klöckner said. “This practice must be ended as soon as possible.”

Klöckner also said her ministry was putting 8 million euros towards initiatives that would make the killings unnecessary.

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Faster internet is coming to Germany.

After nearly 500 rounds of bidding, the auction for the country’s 5G frequencies and spectrum has come to an end.

A total of 6.5 billion euros was brought in, with the largest shares going to Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone, according to the Bundesnetzagentur.

Within the next three years, 98% of all households should be able to use faster internet, though there will still likely be weaker connections or dead zones in smaller towns and villages.

 

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