Change Postal Service Live Animal Handling Policies

Target: United States Postal Service

Goal: Change the United States Postal Service’s policies regarding live animal handling

A shipment of live chicks was recently delivered to the United States Postal Service (USPS) sorting facility that is located in Colorado Springs. The people waiting to receive the package of chicks were not notified of their arrival, and the package was sent to the main post office for their zip code, ensuring that the animals would be forced to stay at that facility over the weekend. These baby chicks are weak and vulnerable animals, and this is not the first time the sorting facility of Colorado Springs has failed to contact recipients when live animals arrive at the facility.

The first time, recipients were told over the phone that since it was not their zip code, the issue was not their problem. The animals arrived at noon that day and the USPS was willing to just ship the chicks to another post office after hours, adding a day to the delivery process. This could easily have lead to the death of several of these sensitive animals, who cannot control their own temperature and were left without food. While the birds are often shipped with priority and usually with multiple other birds to ensure they keep each other warm, the extra time imprisoned in a box will possibly kill them.

It is inconceivable that live animals are not treated with a greater sense of urgency by the postal service. We must demand the USPS policy on live animals be changed to ensure their safety.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear United States Postal Service,

Recently, a box of live chicks was shipped to the United States Postal Service (USPS) sorting facility of Colorado Springs. The postal service failed to notify caretakers waiting to retrieve the package of chicks of their arrival, and the package was sent to another post office, which ensured that the animals would be forced to stay in their box over the weekend. Baby chicks are weak and vulnerable animals, and this is not the first time the sorting facility of Colorado Springs has failed to contact recipients when the facility has received a shipment of live animals.

The first time, recipients were told over the phone that the issue was not the post office’s problem. The animals arrived at noon that day and the USPS decided to just ship the chicks to another post office after hours, adding another day to the already-slow delivery process. This could easily have lead to the death of several of these sensitive chicks, who lack the ability to control their own temperature and were left without food. The birds are usually shipped with priority and frequently with other birds to ensure they keep each other warm, but the extra time imprisoned in their box will possibly kill them. It is shocking that shipments of live animals are not treated by the postal service with a greater sense of urgency. We demand that your policy on live animals be changed to ensure their safety.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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4 Comments

  1. J Davidson says:

    This is not the way to ship any living being.

  2. Sabina Weilbier says:

    It is sad when any organization has deteriorated to the extent that it has to actually implement written regulations to tell its staff how to behave like thinking, caring human beings. But this incident clearly shows that formally documented regulations regarding the swift and humane handling of live animals being transported through the postal service is necessary. Please implement appropriate regulations as quickly as possible to protect other animals from similar abuse (I call being squashed into a box, usually with a large number of my fellows, and left without any room to move, food or water for days on end… abuse).

  3. James Creely says:

    NO LIVE ANIMALS SHOULD BE SHIPPED IN THE FIRST PLACE! WHERE ARE ETHICS?

  4. Laurie A McRae says:

    Living creatures should not be shipped via mail, like merchandise! To the shipper & those who order live animals via mail, would you allow human children to be shipped to & fro by mail? I think not! IF YOU WOULDN’T DO IT TO A HUMAN CHILD, IT SHOULDN’T BE DONE TO A FUR/FEATHERED CHILD!

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