Dyeing Chicks for Easter Fun Is Nothing But Cruel (VIDEO)

baby chicks dyed colors for easterI'm not sure who came up with the idea of dyeing baby chicks a rainbow of colors as if they were Easter eggs, but whoever it was sounds sick to me. Lawmakers in Florida who have made the practice completely legal? Even sicker. Yeah, apparently, this actually goes on. Approximately half of U.S. states have bans in effect on dyeing animals, but thanks to an overzealous dog groomer who wanted to enter a contest, Florida recently overturned their 45-year-old law that would prevent this from happening.

Animal activists are outraged, as they should be. The mere description of how chick dyeing works is enough to make anyone with a soul cringe: The dye is either injected in the incubating egg (uggghhh) or sprayed on the hatchling. Poultry farmers claim that it is harmless (as long as the dye is nontoxic), but please! How could that possibly be true?

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Even if the dye is actually nontoxic and it doesn't pose health problems for the poor little chicks, the practice itself makes it so these chicks are treated like disposable "playthings" -- not living creatures.

Sure, researchers use dye all the time to track birds, and teachers have dyed chick for classroom use to show students how feathers come in. But dyeing chicks just for the sole purpose of making them cute for Easter seems to take the practice to a whole new, disgraceful level.

There's nothing redeeming about using chemicals to mess with Mother Nature and dye a helpless animal for five seconds of fun. It's a cruel, unnecessary practice that should be halted ASAP. More power to the animal activists. We should all hope their call for justice is heard.

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Here's a video of what the poor little chicks look like "in person" at a pet store ...

Do you think chick dyeing should be banned?

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jaxmadre jaxmadre

I get how it lowers a chicken's status if you will to nothing more than a plaything... But I don't see how it is necessarily cruel. Do the chickens care what color they are?

Laurlev Laurlev

It's no more cruel than chicks being raised in cages and eventually slaughtered for human consumption.

Torra... TorranceMom

Among other things . . .

jaxmadre jaxmadre

You're right Laurlev. This is small beans compared to industrial chicken farming.

nonmember avatar eamn

Do they use food dye?

Maevelyn Maevelyn

Also being a Florida and a dog groomer (the dogs who compete in the creative cut contests love it btw, you'll never be able to do it with a dog that doesn't) I would also point out that in Florida it is illegal to sell a dyed, altered or cosmetically enhanced animal (outside of a hair cut, you can't sell painted turtles or dyed bunnies either) and it is also illegal to sell a chick, duckling or gosling below a certain age for entertainment purposes (I forget how they word it but basically you can't sell Easter chicks like this bc they are being for food or research to sell a bird as a pet -which a multi colored chick would be- it has to be above a certain age and the law is enforced so you can't sell them out of a  truck or in mom and pop pet shop or the paper.

femal... femaleMIKE

I think they are cute. Thanks to Maevelyn for clarifying the law.

zandh... zandhmom2

Awww...they're soo cute.  Now I want one!


50 years ago I got a pink one and my brother got a blue one. And??? This is NOTHING new and it is NO crueler than what Laurlev stated.


the4m... the4mutts

Umm I see no problem with it. Its dye. They live through it, and it doesn't hurt them. Its not cruel. Its colorful.

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