Ban Live Egg Hatching Projects in Schools
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We hereby call upon Rt Hon Justine Greening MP - The Secretary of State for Education - to bring an immediate end to "The Living Eggs Project"* (and any other similar private enterprises) in state education establishments. This is for the following reasons:
- The project represents the exploitation of animals for profit, with no concern for their welfare interests.
- Many of the chicks and ducklings born as a result of these projects suffer serious adverse welfare consequences, including abandonment and death.
- It gives school children a false view of the value of animal lives, and which fails to address the importance of providing for their welfare interests long-term and not just for the brief period of a school project.
- Animal sanctuaries cannot cope with the amount of birds which are abandoned as a result of these projects, it puts an unnecessary strain on their resources.
* "The Living Eggs Project" is a for-profit private enterprise which sells 'incubation kits' (with fertilised eggs) to state schools for chicks to be born in the classroom environment for a brief project on life cycles. Similar private enterprises also use duck eggs.
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