May 4, 1014
Honorable Tom Vilsack
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Room 200-A The Whittenberg Building
Washington, DC 20250
Dear Secretary Vilsack:
I am concerned over the prevalence of the sad plight of animals in our food system. In particular, it seems fowl have suffered the most. Male birds, when born, are often thrown live into machines to be ground up–alive–as food for other animals. Or sometimes they are just thrown into piles and left to starve to death.
However, I learned there is some promising research being done in egg sexing. By sexing eggs, it is possible to reduce the amount of male chick births, which will help reduce the cruel practices towards them. There are several ways of doing this. One is a non-invasive machine learning approach using imaging. Another way is by extracting fluid and checking for female hormones.
Please further this research and help it be applied widely so that our farming practices become much more humane.
Thank you for your work with the USDA,