Target: Prayuth Chan-ocha, Prime Minister of Thailand
Goal: Save baby chicks from being dyed and sold as toys and souvenirs.
Baby chickens are dyed unnatural colors such as hot pink, neon green, and blue to simply be sold as toys or novelties. Once these baby chicks grow into chickens, they are abandoned because they are no longer a cute, colorful baby chick. This is not how animals should be treated. We must protect these creatures from this ridiculous and cruel abuse.
A tourist in Koh Lanta, an island of Thailand, had witnessed and videoed dyed baby chicks that were stuffed in plastic bags without any food or water in 95-degree weather. These baby chicks were being sold simply as a souvenir or cheap toy. There is no point and no excuse to treat these creatures like this.
Dyeing a chick is unnatural and potentially harmful. To dye the chicks, the unhatched embryo is either injected with food coloring or the baby chick is sprayed with dye days after birth. To dye the embryo, a small hole must be drilled into the egg to inject the dye. An egg has a shell and tissue for a reason: to protect the embryo. A hole in the egg poses a risk to the embryo by either introducing bacteria into the egg or injuring the embryo itself.
The dye only lasts on the chick for a couple weeks until adult feathers grow in. After this, many owners of the chicks no longer want the animals so the creatures are either dropped off at humane societies or left somewhere to die. These creatures should not be dyed as a novelty. By signing this petition, you are demanding that the Prime Minister of Thailand protect these innocent animals.
Dear Prime Minister Chan-ocha,
On the island of Koh Lanta, vendors are selling dyed chicks as a novelty and cheap toy. The people who purchase these chicks are not prepared to care for these animals long-term. When the chicks lose their cuteness and color with age, they are typically abandoned or neglected.
Not only is selling the chicks dangerous for these animals’ livelihoods but so is the way the vendors are selling them. Chicks are stuffed in plastic bags without food or water in very hot weather. This is not a humane way to treat these creatures. I am urging you to please take action to protect baby chicks that are victims of dyeing and selling on the island of Koh Lanta.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: D Johnston