Tourists on the Koh Lanta island of Thailand recently made a disturbing discovery while walking along the beach: vendors are selling baby chicks that have been dyed bright colors and lumped into sealed plastic bags on sweltering hot days. A petition is making its rounds on Care2 to bring attention to the cruelty – sign it here!

STOP SELLING DYED CHICKS AS TOYS >

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Gina Jones and her partner were taking a stroll on a Thai beach when they spotted a bright pink chick – an odd sight on its own. The chick seemed to lead them back to a truck, which held plastic bags stuffed with more live chicks, suffocating from lack of air. They suspect the chicks were being dyed and sold as children’s toys. The tourists say it was a “very upsetting experience” to think of the fate of said chicks.

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While this story is shocking, you might be surprised to know that far worse cruelty awaits millions of U.S. chicks every year, right here on American soil. Every year, millions of baby chicks are destroyed by the egg industry. Most of them are male, because male chickens do not lay eggs and will not grow to be as large as chickens used in meat production, and are therefore deemed useless. Suffocation is just one technique used to quickly dispose of a large number of these “useless” byproducts of the industry.

The documentary, Life According to Ohad, follows one animal rights activist and his quest to reconnect with his meat-eating family and includes footage of discovered, suffocating baby chicks. You can take action today by cutting eggs from your diet (egg replacements for all sorts of recipes can be found here) and educating others on how to avoid supporting this type of cruelty at home and abroad.

+ Petition: Stop Selling Dyed Chicks as Toys

Via Care2, The Daily Mail

Images via Flickr, Life According to Ohad