Protect chicks from egg-hatching projects in schools
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Every year, young hatchlings are distributed across the country to paying schools and educational facilities, who have no idea what happens to the chicks when they’re too old to be handled.
These schools say that it is educational for children to watch the chicks be born and play with the chicks when most are in fact very young (sometimes 2-3yr olds) and could end up mishandling the chicks.
Because teachers and children aren’t experts in caring for unborn/baby chicks, these chicks often end up very sick or dying before birth. Sometimes their organs stick to the sides of shells because their eggs weren’t properly rotated. Or they hatch on the weekends with no-one around to feed or look after them.
The rehoming of these chicks once they are no longer ‘cute’ and have grown out of their small incubators is difficult too. Hens are easier to rehome as they produce eggs, but males are seen as useless and will either be killed or sold to the meat industry. I volunteer on a farm and have seen firsthand the difficulties with rehoming.
My sister works in a nursery and year after year has had to rehome the chickens, despite warning colleagues of the implications of buying hatchlings, they continue to buy into the industry and often discuss snapping the necks of the chicks to dispose of them.
These children aren’t taught that the chickens they handle could be thrown into meat grinders (alive), or that my sister has to rehome them to save their lives.
These programs teach children the wrong lesson - that animals are disposable.
My goal is to prevent schools and facilities from purchasing chicks, when they have no idea how to care for them.
That’s why I’m calling for the government to write to schools, to warn on the dangers of running hatching programs and to advise schools not to run them.. I hope they will recommend a better and more humane solution to teach children about animals than having hatching projects.
Please sign and share my petition - let’s teach children to value animal life!
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