Stop Abandoning Roosters to Starve and Freeze

Target: Sonny Perdue, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Goal: Prevent roosters from falling victim to brutality after they are abandoned.

People looking for a quick egg supply during the pandemic have inadvertently created an ongoing animal welfare crisis. As more individuals seek baby chicks as pets, few stop to consider whether they may be getting a rooster in the bargain. The sex of a newborn chick is often not readily apparent at the time the animal is sold. Since roosters cannot lay eggs, can be rowdy, and can become aggressive as they mature, many owners who purchased them young abandon them as a result.

The consequences for the rooster can be dire. Most animal shelters lack the capacity to care for these animals, and rescue groups are limited in many areas. These factors can mean the rooster is eventually let loose in the wild. He may be able to survive for a period in milder weather, but once cold temperatures hit his chances go down significantly. If the elements do not take their toll, the rooster is still at risk from predators or lack of feeding options.

The patchwork of state laws does nothing to help offset this problem. Some regions forbid the keeping of roosters while others allow it. The regulations for areas that do permit rooster-keeping vary wildly. The issue of rooster abandonment is not even clear-cut. In some states, abandoning these animals will get the individual a charge of animal cruelty. In other states, a slap on the wrist or no action at all may come.

Sign the petition below to ask the department tasked with overseeing the welfare of animals nationwide to provide better guidance on this critical issue.


Dear Secretary Perdue,

The Department of Agriculture has administered the Animal Welfare Act for over five decades. In that time, numerous amendments have been rendered necessary. A rapidly developing problem is currently impacting the welfare of an animal central to agriculture itself: the rooster.

Countless roosters have been abandoned in the past few months as inexperienced and ill-equipped purchasers realize the unique challenges in raising these animals. Unfortunately, when many owners discover their new pet cannot lay eggs, they rapidly lose interest. This dangerous trend that imperils these animals cannot continue to go unrecognized and un-remedied.

Please advocate for federal guidelines to better protect these increasingly vulnerable animals. Consider stronger restrictions on purchasing roosters. Most importantly, ensure cruel abandonment visited on them receives a fitting penalty under the law. Please help save these innocents from thoughtless, reckless behavior.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” St. Francis of Assisi

  2. Valerie Gaffney says:

    Just one word sums this up “DISGRACEFUL”!

  3. Roosters need to be protected just like any other animal. They are great for watching out for their hens that hawks
    & other large birds do not fly down & grab one of the hens. I have two roosters that are in a divided pen with 12 hens each enclosed so no harm can come to the chickens. No wild animals can get into the hen houses at night as they have small netting of in forced wire protecting all the chickens at night. Roosters play a huge part in raising chickens. I like Plymouth Rock chicks as the males are more gentle as my 2 will eat out of my hand. Cruel abandonment must have heavy punishment. You can always raise the roosters to provide meat for the family once grown. Mine are not for eating tho, they have to die of old age as they are pets for me.

    • Julia Edinger says:

      Thank you!! for the compassion you share in taking good care of your animals❣️❣️🙏🏼 Wish everyone owner where as responsible and kind… THERE TOO MANY IRRESPONSIBLE BEINGS IN THE WORLD,,,WHO DESERVE NOTHING BUT PAIN THEY CAUSE UPON INNOCENT ANIMALS….

  4. This is an EXTREME ABUSE of roosters. These animals must be PROTECTED. Please help SAVE these innocents from thoughtless, reckless behavior and provide better guidance on this critical issue! SHAME!

  5. Julia Edinger says:


  6. Stephanie Geyser says:

    Is there no level of animal cruelty that people will sink to, to make a quick buck?

  7. Adam Hartley says:

    Don’t bother sending this to the Trump-ass-kissing moron. Send it to Biden’s man. He will certainly have more decency and compassion to listen.

  8. THIS CRUELTY MUST BE STOPPED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  9. Janet Garraghan says:

    Despicable, evil monsters!!!! For God’s sake why is this still happening! When are the authorities going to take appropriate action to stop this! Stop being cowards! Backward degenerates need to be caught and PUNISHED! I truly despair of the human race! Horrific! Heartbreaking! Poor, poor animals suffering across the world at the hands of the human race! Yes, nature is cruel but the human race is abhorrent! Selfish, greedy users and abusers!

  10. Justin Recht says:

    For every cruel SOB I wish a very slow death for them!

  11. Makes my blood boil when cruel men toss or kill these innocent little chicks that are roosters. They to have a place in this world. They were made to help provide protection for their hens due to hawks wishing to swoop down and kill the hens.

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