Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Food Animals (CETFA) is an investigative and educational organization established to examine intensive farming practices, including the transportation and slaughter of animals forced to exist in this system. Thank you to CEFTA
for this information. It was passed along to me from Animal Aid,
thanks also to them
Dear CETFA Supporter,
On the heels of our last large chicken rescue, CETFA received a tip from an Alberta-based teacher that a classroom chick-hatching project in her school had reached its conclusion and the chicks were destined to a future of fattening, then death.
The CETFA Rescue Team quickly pulled together a rescue mission and found a loving, lifetime home for the chicks with seasoned rescuer Tara Davies. Tara reports that the chicks are thriving in their new environment.
Chick-hatching projects source their fertilized eggs from hatcheries (like the one where a CETFA undercover investigator worked). The eggs are placed in an incubator in a classrom to hatch 3-4 weeks later as a lesson in embryonic development.
These projects teach kids that animals are disposable objects instead of living, sentient beings requiring a lifetime of care and commitment. They also normalize the practice of hatching chicks without their mothers. As noted by Dr. Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns:
“This is a big reason why so many classroom chicks are sickly, dehydrated and crippled at birth. Chick organs often stick to the sides of the shell as a result of not being turned properly in the mechanical incubator. By contrast, a mother hen turns each of her eggs, individually, as often as 30 times a day, using her body, her feet and her beak to move each egg precisely to maintain the proper temperature, moisture, ventilation, humidity and positioning of each embryo she is sitting on. The embryo signals its needs to her, and the hen responds with the necessary adjustment of her eggs.”
We strongly encourage teachers to replace hatching projects with programs and activities that teach kindness and compassion for all beings. If your school currently has a hatching project, please contact us
. We would be happy to provide literature on the alternatives or arrange for our humane educator, Dr. Olivier Berreville to give an interactive, multimedia humane education presentation to the class.
Finally, CETFA would like to extend a huge thank you to the teacher who contacted us concerned for these chicks. Thank you so much, Zdenka!
Thank you for standing with us in defence of Canada’s farm animals!