Monday, April 9, 2012

Farm sanctuaries accept unwanted Easter gifts

Via New York Daily News - Every year about a month or two after Easter, animal shelters get flooded with ducklings, chicks and bunnies that need new homes.

The Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York, and The Barnyard Sanctuary in Blairstown, New Jersey, are among a handful of places that will take in surrendered farm animals such as chicks and ducklings.

According to Tamala Lester, founding director of the Barnyard Sanctuary, bunnies are the third most surrendered animal in the country after cats and dogs.

The reason there are so few places willing to accept these animals is because New York law states no person shall sell or give away chicks, ducklings, or rabbits unless they have the proper facilities to care for the animal.

Places such as the Farm Sanctuary and the Barnyard Sanctuary are ready to accept the surrendered farm animals and try to place them in a home.

People dye chicks by using a needle filled with food coloring then inject the egg to color a chick before it's hatched. This practice is illegal in New York. 

"It's cute to see them in these different colors but it's not necessary and they trivialize who these animals are," said Gene Bower, founder of Farm Sanctuary.

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Written by Niles A. Clarke/New York Daily News
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  1. The NY Daily News has some great stories about helping animals. Last week they ran one about a downtown boutique whose owner also runs a rabbit sanctuary and rescue and gives them free rein of the store. Dying any animal is not kosher.

    1. Unfortunately, the Florida legislature recently passed a bill overturning a 45 year-old ban on dying animals.

    2. This is just...WRONG!! (and Mommy sez to tell CK, LITERALLY it's not kosher.Ugh.)