This is troubling. A group called "Mercy for Animals" took a video (I don't want to watch it so I don't have the link for the video) that is apparently pretty graphic. Here is a link to the article: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20090901/D9AEI2F01.html I can see both sides of the issue. Even as a new chicken keeper, I realize that males are problematic. I understand that the hatcheries have a dilemma. It does seem so cruel, though. Is this how all hatcheries dispense with male chicks?