Unfortunately, one Philadelphia resident took advantage of this sentiment — placing nearly 1,000 babies at risk in the process.
This past September, the man purchased a group of Cornish-cross chicks and took to the streets, attempting to sell the newborn peeps to passersby. What he hoped would be a quick moneymaker, however, turned out to be a disaster: The chicks would not sell, and he now had hundreds of lives he was not prepared to care for on his hands.
Just like dogs, cats, or any other animals, chickens are a long-term commitment. Unfortunately, though, some people treat them as temporary playthings; many would-be chicken caregivers get rid of their birds once the novelty wears off, or when they realize they lack the knowledge and resources needed to care for them. While chickens — and all farm animals — can make great companions, it is essential to provide them with the lifelong, individualized care and support they need to live the lives they deserve.
Cornish-cross chickens are among the most abused animals on the planet; in fact, well over eight billion out of the nine-plus billion farm animals slaughtered for food in the United States each year are chickens of this breed. In the meat industry, chickens like our new friends are killed at just 42 days of age. In this situation, as well, these chicks faced a grim fate; when the man couldn’t sell them, he started giving them away, without looking into who was taking them — or for what purpose.