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April 2, 2021
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Long Island, NY – Every year after Easter, PETA receives a flood of reports of poultry that were purchased as photo props or Easter baskets and then abandoned. In just the past few weeks, PETA employee John Di Leonardo has rescued more than a dozen birds in New York, including three nearly dead chicks that were found in a crate and two ducklings that were bought by a man for his grandchildren for Easter and kept in storage. … in the bath, prompting PETA to release an urgent appeal not to buy cubs for Easter. Photos and videos of chicks and ducklings are available. here…
- Domestic ducks, chickens and rabbits have special needs and require the same veterinary care as any dog or cat. Replenishing a family is a 10 to 15 year commitment.
- Rabbits, which face widespread violence in the pet trade, rank third among animal shelters, and many chicks die when sent without food or water at just 1 day of age.
- None of these animals are adapted to survive in nature. For example, domestic ducks were bred by the meat industry to have large bodies, small wings, and lack of disguise, and most die within days of being abandoned due to predation, starvation, or lack of veterinary care.
- Throwing animals is a crime. Anyone who notices litter dumped in a park or roadside should seek help from the local humane agency – or PETA.
“The only rabbit that ends up in the Easter basket is one that’s stuffed with or made from vegan chocolate,” says Di Leonardo. “PETA encourages families to remember that ducks, rabbits and chickens think, feel, and need lifelong care and should never be bought as a support.”
Di Leonardo’s local organization, Long Island Orchestrating for Nature, takes care of the rescued chicks and ducklings.
PETA, whose motto is in part that “animals are not in our hands to be abused in any way,” is opposed to arrogance, a worldview focused on human superiority. For more information please visit PETA.org or subscribe to the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram…