Stop Museum from Senselessly Killing Chicks

Target: Fabian Wesson, Chair of California Science Center Board of Directors

Goal: End the cruel baby chicks exhibit.

The California Science Center has confirmed that the baby chicks being hatched at its facility are being killed shortly after. The hatching of the baby chicks is supposed to teach the public about about life cycles, but how is killing babies teaching them anything? It is time to end this unnecessary cruelty.

These chicks are born in an incubator, which can lead to a series of deformities and sicknesses. The glass cage they live in is constantly being bombarded by children’s faces smushed against the glass and tapping fingers. After just a few days of living in this cage, the babies are euthanized so the next batch of eggs can be hatched. This cruel cycle continues with each new group of chicks.

Sign this petition and demand the California Science Center put an end to this cruel exhibit. Animals are not objects and should not be treated as such.


Dear Mr. Wesson,

Recently, it came to my attention that your museum has been using baby chicks as part of an exhibit to teach the public about life cycles. What the public doesn’t see is that only a few days after the chicks are born, they are euthanized. It is time to put an end to this unnecessary and inhumane practice.

The chicks are only alive for a few days, and these days can be excruciating. Chicks born in incubators can become sick or can even be born with deformities. For the next few, and only, days of their life, children are constantly tapping and pressing their faces against the glass, which can be extremely stressful for the chicks. The chicks are then senselessly killed.

Please consider putting an end to this inhumane and needless practice. The hatching of the chicks is supposed to teach people about life cycles, however, killing chicks at only a few days old instead teaches the public that animals should be treated as objects. There are many other ways to teach the public about life cycles that do not involve unnecessary killing.


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  1. jennifer taylor says:

    Do the same to these bastard baby chicks abusers loved ones and see how these POS like it! An eye for an eye!

  2. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop it! don’t do what the farmers did. animals should not be in confined behind closed doors. these animals need to be free. pleaee go vegan for the sake of the environment, the health, and animals.

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