Dyeing animals..thoughts?


Tine - posted on 04/07/2012




Inhumane and plain disrespectful to the animals. Also rather irresponsible.. the 'pets are for life, not just for Christmas (Easter) thing!!

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i wonder if people would think differently if we injected "harmless" "natural" dye into a human woman's womb a few days before she goes into labor so her baby comes out with blue hair...


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Isobel - posted on 04/08/2012




I don't know how "inhumane" it is...they're not hurt. It's just stupid to me, but stupid people adopt stupid pets all the time.

We should be more outraged at the people buying pets because they're blue instead of because they'll be a good pet that will be well loved for their whole lives.

It's the same as Kate's article about blaming breeders when we should be blaming pet owners who don't educate themselves before they buy

Jennifer - posted on 04/08/2012




AAAAGGGGHHHH! Ok, so today I get on FB, and a 'friend' who goes trough about 30 pets a year is wanting to take in bunnies, chicks and ducks after peoples kids are tired of them!!!! She'll breed them, make dozens more, get sick of them, and then post a crigslist ad, 'free to good home', IF they don't die from neglect before she gets around to posting the ad!! I am so mad! I wish people would get some common sense and compassion!! BTW, this is the same photogragher 'getting rid' of her prop bunnies a few weeks ago!

Jennifer - posted on 04/05/2012




I don't think dying them is so cruel, just dumb. BUT, the reason it is done is to increase impulse purchase of a living animal, and giving it as a toy to a child too young to understand what that means. I've seen these baby chicks bought by people who live in apartments! What the hell are they gonna do with it?? "We'll love it and squeeze it and call it George!!"

I actually saw an ad the other day, 'free bunnies, bought them as a photo prop, photo shoot is over, need them gone' WTF!?! Those little babies had very little chance of living through that stress..............Really, why should an animal have to give it's life for someone's vanity??

As to dying animals in general- well, I knew a woman who bought two white poodles, and she was always dying them different colors. For Christmas they'd be green and red, football season they'd be orange and black, ect.,and she kept them in the full show lion clip! I thought she was loony, and I was a child! Other than that, she was a dream owner, they were 'fixed', fed the best, just the up keep on the clip took hours, they were obedience trained, and (partly due to them being funky colors) they were very well socialized. Those dogs were loved! When her little female died, at 14 years, she tried to get another, but her breeder refused because she dyed them. Of course the breeder was within her rights, but I still feel that it did the dogs no harm. I wish my rescues could all end up in homes that good...........

Stifler's - posted on 04/05/2012




I think it's stupid and cruel. Especially people (I've heard) that buy chickens or a puppy for easter/christmas then get rid of them in awful ways. I don't even like animals but I see no need for cruelty.

Kelina - posted on 04/04/2012




I think it's just plain stupid to be honest. Giving them a food dye bath AFTER they've hatched. maybe. If it's your own chick and you plan to keep the thing anyways. But buying it for easter? reminds me of 101 dalmations all over again. You want to buy your kid a novelty item for easter, get them a pink stuffed bunny that poops out eggs(they've got them in the hallmark store this year). Don't buy them a live animal.

Janice - posted on 04/04/2012




I've never heard of this. Part of me really wants to see some of these chicks, but injecting the eggs seems just wrong. I guess I'm on the fence.....

Kate CP - posted on 04/04/2012




Yea, I'm not keen on this idea at all for several reasons that have all been mentioned. However, dying dogs and cats and horse and what have you I don't think is inhumane but incredibly stupid. :P

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wow, the person who wrote the article had never heard of dyeing baby chicks? it's a big thing around here, and has been going on for longer than 20 years, i know that. i don't agree with it but my parents have bought dyed chicks before for me. the first set, i was too little to know what was going on. the second set, we kept them until they grew up and passed away on their own (had them for a couple years, but they got sick). we haven't had chickens since.

i don't think buying baby animals for little kids is a good idea anyway. most little kids just want to play, and are often rough with animals. they tire quickly if they have to actually take care of them. i feel about buying baby chicks for Easter like i do about buying a puppy for Christmas. it should not be done unless you are dedicated to the animal.

so no, i don't think it's to dye any animals. you don't know what allergies that animal might have to the dye, no matter how "natural" the ingredients are.

and that's ridiculous that the Florida legislation was over-turned at the request of a dog groomer. seriously??? people in Florida seem to have their heads screwed on wrong.

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I don't know if I would go so far as to say inhumane, but it's definitely wrong. Who the heck even thinks up this stuff? And how many chicks died to figure out a process that would work?

Brittney - posted on 04/04/2012




I'm not an animal activist, but I do think it is wrong. Its like getting a child a bunny or chick then once the holiday is over they are discarded. What are they going to do with the animal once the color wears off or is molted off? How much harm do the chemicals do to them?

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 04/04/2012




I am an animal activist too. This to me is utterly inhumane. If they were meant to be dyed they would be STUFFED! A living, breathing animal should not have it's fur, skin or anything else messed with. These are chemicals they are using. It is just plain wrong.

Krista - posted on 04/04/2012




Inhumane. And like it said in the article, these brightly dyed chickens are treated as no more than a novelty toy, and then who is responsible for actually caring for the poor wee thing after the dye has molted out?

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