New York Lawmaker Seeks to Ban Chick‑Hatching Projects
“This is a barren, sterile experiment which is
miserable for the chicks.”
– Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns,
Times Union, Albany New York, January 3, 2019
What Can I Do?
- If you are a New York State resident, please contact your state assembly members and urge them to support Assembly Bill A00058. Proposed by Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal, the bill relates to “prohibiting school districts, school principals, administrators, or teachers from requiring, permitting, or conducting a lesson or experimental study using an animal in a hatching project.”
NYS Assembly Bill A00058 Justification:
Many primary school teachers use chick-hatching projects as a way to teach their students about life cycles in the classroom. However, schools do not have the proper resources to care for baby chicks during or after the incubation phase.
During the incubation process, eggs may hatch on weekends when teachers and administrators are not in school, effectively allowing a baby chick to go unfed for a period of days once it is born. Heat lamps may also be turned off over the weekend, which can cause chicks to die in their shells or become immobile. In other instances, baby chicks die when eggs in the incubator are constantly handled.
Schools rarely make accommodations to care for the surviving baby chicks, many of whom are born sick, once the on-hands experiment is complete. Baby chicks are left in cardboard boxes without food or water, they are given to overburdened shelters that do not have the capacity to care for sick chicks and most are simply discarded. In an effort to curtail the inhumane use of baby chicks, this bill would prohibit school districts, school principals, administrators or teachers from utilizing animals in hatching projects.
Information for all NYS Assembly Members:
New York City Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee’s Report in Support of Assembly Bill A.58, January 2019
Please express your support to the bill’s sponsor here:
Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal District 67
230 West 72nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Albany, NY 12248
This bill has the potential to stop the use of thousands of chicks throughout New York State and could set a precedent for other states as well.
Thank you for taking action!
For more information, see:
Classroom Hatching Projects
- An Overview of the Ethical and Practical Problems
- Why Quails Should Not Be Hatched in the Classroom
- Hatching Good Lessons: Alternatives to School Hatching Projects is a 16-page guide booklet for teachers, parents and other educators including information, storytelling, classroom activities, physical resources and color photographs for children in grades K-6. Some of the activities are designed for K-12. The booklet is available in print and as a PDF.
- For additional resources and ideas, see School Hatching Projects.