A cute little novelty for a day two—then what?
Some think it’s cute—I think it’s sick. The root problem here is that the human race has concluded that ALL other creatures were placed on this Earth—solely to serve at the pleasure of humans. Whether we eat them, just kill them for sport, or use them for entertainment—none of it in my opinion falls within the definition of humane.
Would you like a side of salmonella with those chicks? And in the case of the dyed chicks for Easter; it simply lacks dignity—and it demonstrates our collective lack of respect for the living, sentient beings involved; whose novelty and appeal will wear off within a day or two after the child receives them in their Easter basket. Then, there’s salmonella; from USA Today (See link below)
The cute little birds can carry salmonella and each year send dozens of children to the doctor’s office. Last year, 68 people got salmonella in 20 states from handling baby chicks and ducklings, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost a third were younger than 6 years old.
A religious holiday? Another issue is the fact that this is supposed to be a religious holiday—one celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. What would he think about this cruel, thoughtless and callous practice?
So how in the heck do they dye them? Apparently them dye them before they hatch. From the New York Times article (see link below):
“You take regular food coloring and inject it into the egg on the 18th day of incubation,” said Peter R. Theer, a retired poultry rancher who lives outside Lampasas, Tex., and offers a how-to guide on his Web site. “They take 21 days to hatch. Put a little dab of wax on top to cover the hole up, and put it back in the incubator. It doesn’t hurt them, because the food coloring is perfectly safe.”
I am embarrassed by what we have become. If humans had not started eating other creatures, there would be no dyed chicks, there would be much less suffering in this world, we would be much healthier and the planet would be in much better shape. There are many reasons to leave off the continued eating of meat, dairy and eggs—and only one of those reasons is animal welfare.
In my case, after watching the movie “Earthlings” about a year ago, I have viewed my relationship with the other creatures on this planet much differently. Even horse racing is disturbing to me now—it’s just another way we exploit other animals—for our own entertainment. If you watch Earthlings before Easter, I’ll bet you won’t think these dyed chicks are cute—ever again.
30-second video of dyed chicks
So what happens to the chicks eventually? “Until he closed shop in 2008, Mr. Theer sold dyed Easter chicks every year, always telling customers to bring the birds back if their children grew bored with them (which happened routinely). “We sold a lot of them,” he said. “People buy whatever is available. They’ll usually take one or two of each color, maybe 10 or 15 of them. The kids get tired of it pretty quick.” From a USA Today article:
“People need to think through whether they’re actually capable and willing to take on the care of this animal for its full lifetime,” which can be five years or more, says Candace Croney, a professor of animal sciences at Purdue University in Indiana.
Happy Easter! For your afternoon viewing pleasure, I have provided the movie “Earthlings” here for your convenience. Watch it with your children and they won’t ever again ask for live animals in their Easter baskets. And there children will grow up thinking that the whole idea would be preposterous. First the three-minute trailer, followed by a link to the 95-minute movie.
For the USA Today and Times articles referenced above, here are the links:
(USA Today article) Cute chicks for Easter sicken kids
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