Cancel the Cruel Chicken Chase and Chick Give Away at Riverview Baptist Church

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Cancel the Cruel Chicken Chase and Chick Give Away at Riverview Baptist Church

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Noble Animal Sanctuary started this petition to Pastor Riverview Baptist Church Pastor Paisley

As a yearly Easter Celebration the Riverview Baptist Church in Pasco, WA offers their congregation the opportunity to chase and catch chickens in a fenced area as entertainment. They also give away chicks as prizes to any family that wants them. 

Pastor Paisley has assured us that no chickens have ever been harmed, and the chicks are only given to families that want them.

We know a different story. The community was outraged after last year's event when two teenagers were caught throwing two day old chicks out of a three story window onto pavement. Chicks that they had received from the chick give away. Three chicks died, and four barely alive chicks were brought to a rescuer. The surviving chicks injuries consisted of  blood coming out of their nostrils and anus, open wounds from the pavement, a broken leg, broken wings, sour crops, an injured eye, one with a hurt neck, chipped beaks, and  one with a ripped off toe. Miraculously, with much care the chicks made it. We do not know how many times they were thrown. These are the chicks from the give away that we know their outcome.

Chickens are "prey" species. Chickens when chased are not having fun. It is terrifying for them as their prey instincts kick in, and chickens feel they are literally running for their lives. It is a documented fact that chickens can die from being chased and from loud noises. Even if they do not die or do not sustain injury it is cruel and inhumane to make chickens endure this stress for human "entertainment". 

It is also a fact that 95% of all chicks given away as Easter presents will die within the first year. They will die from neglect, ignorance, and injury. Animals are not objects to be given away like candy or toys.One member has stated that her family would rather have candy than chicks given away.

Churches are regarded as a place of holy sanctuary. Churches are a place to worship and reflect on God and God's beautiful creations. Kindness and compassion is central to Baptist teaching. We implore the church to teach compassion, stewardship  and dominion, not domination, of God's sentient creations to their congregation and future generations. How many more chicks need to die? How can a church that professes love justify scaring innocent animals, and reduce them to "things" rather than living beings?

Please sign and urge the Riverview Baptist Church to cancel their cruel and inhumane treatment toward animals.

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