In a Letter to Mayor Danial, the Animal Rights Group Explains Why This Project Fails Both Chicks and Students
For Immediate Release:
November 28, 2019
Bandung — This morning, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent Bandung’s mayor, Oded Muhammad Danial, a letter urging him to scrap his plan of handing out chicks to students to keep them off their gadgets, because of cruelty-to-animals concerns and potential health risks for the students.
“Using chicks as teaching ‘devices’ to keep children off their devices is reckless and wrong,” writes PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker. “This project puts the life of each chick at risk. They’re deprived of the opportunity to bond with their mothers, leading many to become sick or deformed as they grow under conditions that can’t meet their needs. Those who survive usually end up being killed when the project is over.”
In the letter, PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—points out that children who hold chicks—or even touch items in their living area—can be exposed to life-threatening bacteria. Fecal tests have revealed that chicks sometimes carry E. coli and up to four different strains of salmonella. Schools or homes that keep chicks become a potential breeding ground for these and other pathogens.
In addition, the group says that handing out chicks without ensuring their safe treatment—and with no real respect for their own needs and desires—sends children the very dangerous message that it’s OK to treat living, feeling beings as nothing more than disposable toys.
PETA’s letter to the mayor of Bandung is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAAsia.com.