Stop Chick Hatching Programs
  • Petitioning Goodstart/ABC
  • Responded

This petition will be delivered to:

Blacktown City Council ChildCare
G8 Education (Community Kids, Kindy Patch)
Early Learning Centre
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Explore and Develop
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Sunkids (Guardian Childcare)
Kids Academy
Mission Australia Early Learning
Pelican Childcare
Active Kids
Stepping Stones
Acre Woods
Sesame Lane
YMCA Childcare
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KU Children's Services
Lady Gowrie
Universal Childcare

Stop Chick Hatching Programs

    1. Compassion in Teaching
    2. Petition by

      Compassion in Teaching

      Qld, Australia

Each year, thousands of chicks are hatched in incubators at childcare centres throughout Australia in chick hatching programs. Please help us end live chick hatching programs by signing this petition and spreading the word. For each signature, a letter will be sent to the major childcare centres throughout Australia, asking them to end the use of chick hatching programs for good.

Why should Chick Hatching Programs stop?

Where's mum?:

A hatching box is an extremely poor replacement for the mother hen. According to the RSPCA, it is not uncommon for chicks in hatching boxes to die or be born deformed due to inadequate care and incubator malfunctions.

What about the roosters?:

Approximately 50% of the adopted chicks will grow up to be roosters, which are illegal to keep in most suburban areas. Of the thousands of roosters hatched, an extremely small percentage find long term homes. Most are killed as waste products of chick hatching programs.

Teaching poor lessons:

Hatching programs teach children that chicks are disposable objects, rather than living creatures that deserve our respect and require a lifetime of care and commitment.

What happens after the program finishes?:

Chicks are often adopted out to anyone who wants them. There is no formal adoption process and no procedures in place to protect the welfare of the chicks once they leave the school or centre. Chicks that are not adopted go back to the hatching company where the outcome is unknown and unmonitored.

Who has joined the fight?

Countless angry, frustrated parents, education professionals and animal welfare organisations are joining forces to get this practice banned from ALL facilities.

You can learn more about the programs and our campaign by visiting our website You can also download or request campaign materials.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. 472 signatures so far!

      Compassion in Teaching
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for signing and sharing this petition. We are up to 472 signatures, but we need AT LEAST 2000 to really make an impact. When we take the petition to childcare centres, we want them to really pay attention. The more numbers we have the better. So if you know anyone who has not yet signed the petition, or you believe you can spread the word even more, please don't hold back!

      Our website will be updated over the next week, so all the pages should have some great info.

      Thank you caring about the chicks!

      Compassion in Teaching

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Decision-maker Montessori responds:


      We have already asked that our email be removed from this petition as we have explained that we have no responsibility or authority regarding this matter as all Montessori schools and centres are independently owned and that we have no go...

    5. Decision-maker YMCA Childcare responds:

      YMCA Childcare

      YMCA Australia do not directly run any of these programs. If you have any questions please direct them to YMCA Victoria on 03 9430 5000.



    6. Decision-maker Early Learning Centre responds:

      Early Learning Centre

      Please remove me from this email group. Thank you

    7. Decision-maker Montessori responds:


      While we are the national body for Montessori, we do not own, govern or run any Montessori schools as they are all independently owned and operated. We therefore do not have any control over their individual activities. Should you wish ...

    8. Reached 100 signatures
    9. Decision-maker Martha May responds:

    10. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Demola Davies LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 2 months ago

      I had chick hatching programs at my elementary school in Washington State. We hatched not only chicks, but ducks. All the chicks and ducklings I attempted to raise had to be given up after they got too big, and all of them were eaten by wildlife when given to friends who had property.

    • Chrisitne Guthry MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      Animals are not things, I want children to be taught about the duty of care we have towards all creatures.

    • Jodi Bahremand EAST MEADOW, NY
      • 4 months ago

      All animals are loving creatures. Just because they are not people, they are very smart, aware of their surroundings and have natural instincts that they hone in on. Therefore, they know pain, feel loss, mourn and grieve, as well as feel joy from happy times. All animals are G-d's creatures and deserve the same respect and love as people receive. In fact, animals are less harmless than people. Humans can be deceitful and unkind at times. Animals just want to raise their family and live freely. Keeping them in tight confines and using them in experiments is truly awful. It breaks my heart and I am sure others would agree. Animals need support like people without direction and guidance. They need advocates. I am one.

    • Margaret Alderson AUSTRALIA
      • 5 months ago

      Children need to be taught to have respect for the feeling of animals

    • karen mizzi STANMORE, AUSTRALIA
      • 5 months ago

      Pets are not toys and we are responsible for their welfare.


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