Target: Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General of the United States
Goal: Don’t allow one-day-old chicks to be mailed through the post office
A woman’s ex-boyfriend recently completely legally sent her 15 live baby chicks through the mail. The baby chicks were sent along with a note from the ex-boyfriend that said “there are lots of other chicks out there.” The woman was allegedly planning on dumping the baby chicks in a dumpster before the USPS member stepped in and offered to take them to the Washington Humane Society. Nine of the chicks are currently at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary while the other six are being cared for by Peaceful Fields Sanctuary in Virginia. All 15 chicks are in good health, although one had an injured leg and is in the process of recovering.
One might wonder how this could possibly be legal. The United States Postal Service has a list of mailable live animals, and under this list is a whole host of animals that are only required to be under 24 hours old in order to be mailed. This recent headline of live animals being mailed will hopefully cause the debate to resurface over this cruel law. In the past, it was reported that 1,000 baby chicks had died when they were being shipped from Iowa to Kentucky. Mailing live animals is outrageous and should not be legal due to the risks it poses to these animals and how cruel it is. We need to change the laws that allow this before any more baby chicks are put through this ordeal.
Dear Mr. Patrick R. Donahoe,
The mailing of 15 baby chicks by a man to his ex-girlfriend as a prank has recently made the news, causing the debate over mailing live animals to resurface. As I’m sure you know, there has been controversy in the past over the law that allows one-day-old baby chicks and other animals to be mailed through the United States Postal Service. The 15 baby chicks previously mentioned are all okay due to a kind USPS member stepping in, but past incidents have resulted in animals to suffering and dying.
It is cruel that such young animals are able to be packaged and sent as though they are not living creatures. Please voice your support in changing this outdated law so that no more animals will be harmed through the postal service and incidents like these can not occur in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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