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Say no to egg hatchings in schools, nurseries and nursing homes!

Rescues are again having to come to the aid of ill chicks, which have resulted from hatching projects. Including these two tiny babies – Rain & Bow, who were brought to WAW from a local primary school after being hatched three days earlier, unable to walk or eat.

The school contacted the supplier for advice – a national company as featured on CBeebies – who just advised the school to “help them on their way”.
 
They are both very poorly and sadly, Rain and Bow didn't make it, they passed away within hours of each other. The amazing Every Feather & Wildlife Rescue did everything they could but their little bodies gave out in the end they fell asleep.
 
We were also contact by a teacher from Widnes, who was advised to release two unwanted male chicks into a field for ‘fodder for wild birds’!
 
There is a cruelty to hatching projects - it isn't easy to successfully hatch something, mums turn the eggs regularly and the heat and moisture are very important. Often these chicks are born with deformities or injuries. They are handled sometimes by children who don't know how fragile they are which can lead to further injuries. When their time is up at the school the future is often a short one. 
 
Despite good intentions, the problems with classroom chick-hatching means that some students may come away with unintended, negative lessons. Students may learn that bringing a life into the world is not a serious, long term responsibility and that the life of an animal is unimportant. When imperfect chicks are disposed of, students may infer that physical abnormalities make living beings worthless. Rather than implying in students a sense of respect and appreciation for the wonders of the animal world, classroom chick hatching may imply that animals are disposable educational tools.

Petition

We are asking you to also take a minute to sign the LuckyHens Rescue Wigan petition to ban the practice of chick hatching - click here to sign the petition.
 
 
Posted: 23/05/2019 07:32:50 by Warrington Animal Welfare | with 0 comments


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