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I Give a Cluck

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Our chick naming raffle is over.  But we still need to build coops to house the new chicks. Please help us build the safe homes that these animals deserve!

We need your help! We have just rescued 19 lucky, little, adorable baby chicks from a school hatching project. They will live a life full of love but we need to raise money for food, housing, and healthcare. Please join us in loving these fabulous individuals by participating in our naming raffle. Four of our baby chicks still need a name! A donation of only $5 entitles you to put one name for the bird of your choice in the raffle and a donation of $15 allows you to submit names for all four. You can participate online or in person at The Seed event Saturday and Sunday, March 14th and 15th from 11am to 6pm or at the The Moo ShoesVegan Shop-UP event, Sunday March 29th from 12 to 6pm. Each entrant will receive an "I Give A Cluck" button pictured above. All proceeds will go towards housing and caring for our new chicks!

Here is how it works...

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Press our donate button and select either chick A, B, C, or D or select all four. All online name submissions will be hand written on ballot slips and placed into the ballot box corresponding to each chick. We will randomly select the winning names at the end of our Moo Shoes event and post them online. Everyone who participates will receive an "I Give A Cluck" button via mail or in person at one of our events.

Hatching projects

In a well-intentioned effort to allow children to view the process of life entering the world, many teachers conduct classroom hatching projects. Unfortunately, this means they are ultimately and often unknowingly participating in the deformity, neglect, and death of thousands of baby chicks yearly. 

Chicks in hatching projects are deprived of their mothers, who are their most natural and loving protectors and the most critical part of their incubation process. Mother hens not only instinctively know exactly what their babies need in terms of heat and shelter, but also communicate and chirp to their young before they hatch, creating a bond and teaching the chicks some of the 200 unique sounds chickens use to communicate. The absence of a mother hen's warmth and protection leads to many chicks being born with illnesses and deformities such as their organs developing outside of their bodies. These chicks either die from their deformities or are generally killed and disposed of after hatching.

Unfortunately, healthy chicks also usually face early and violent deaths. The classroom is not a long term home for chickens and after the thrill of the hatching teachers often struggle to find homes for the motherless babies the project brought into the world. In the best case scenario the burden of caring for chicks falls on already overcrowded sanctuaries and shelters. Far more frequently, young chicks whom children have come to love are abandoned, returned to hatcheries and killed as they are not easily assimilated into existing flocks and are not economically valuable, or sold at auctions for meat or used to feed other animals, such as captive reptiles.

The paradoxical lesson of a hatching project is not that bringing new life into the world requires respect and long term responsibility but that living, feeling babies can be disposed of when they transition from cute to inconvenient. 

Check out these awesome alternatives to school hatching projects that allow children to learn about animals while developing their compassion.

http://www.upc-online.org/hatching/

The Kapparot Birds

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Please watch this video and learn about Kaporos and our latest rescue.  There are some graphic images but also a happy ending.

Photograph by Michelle Aleman

Each year before Yom Kippur in Brooklyn, thousands of chickens are brutally slaughtered on the public streets for the Hasidic Jewish ritual, Kaporot. The chickens are shipped into the city several days prior to the ceremony and are kept in small crates without any food or water. Thousands die before the ritual even begins. During the ritual, each chicken is held by their fragile wings and swung over a person's head three times in order to atone for their sins. Afterwards they are slaughtered by an onsite butcher. These poor chickens are only three to four weeks old. Birds this age are not even old enough to be slaughtered and used for meat. Contrary to the rumor that the birds are donated to charity afterwards,  these birds are carelessly disposed in city dumpsters.  This ritual is shunned by the vast majority of Jews and can be practiced with a bag of coins rather than chickens, so the slaughter of the birds is wholly unnecessary. The practice violates animal cruelty laws and New York City health codes, so it is absolutely illegal. However, these laws are not strictly enforced in regards to this ritual, which results in the slaughter of thousands of chickens each year on NYC streets.

This year 352 chickens escaped and survived. We brought 56 back to Tamerlaine Farm to live out the rest of their lives happily. Some are excited to be free of cages and cruelty for the first time and strut about. Some are still very sick and need special care. Please help us care for the birds so that they can live the rest of their lives with dignity and love.

A surviving Kaporot chick.

A surviving Kaporot chick.