Urge the U.S. Postal Service to Stop Shipping Baby Chicks and Other Animals to Customers

FLYING CHICKS (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
A baby chick stands on a mailing box before being shipped in Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Chickens and other small animals are shipped from hatcheries and breeders through the U.S. Postal Service by ground delivery and airmail all the time. Recent postal service changes have caused many thousands more baby chicks to suffer and die in transit.

Newborn chicks die “quietly” in postal service deliveries, and often a box of chicks will sit in a local Post Office and never be picked up by the buyer. Many self-styled small farms get their “local” chicks entirely through the mail. They lobby Congress vigorously to protect this practice. Male chicks the hatchery industry calls “packers” are frequently stuffed into boxes of baby hens. Otherwise, the hatchery destroys them.

Shipment of live birds and other animals through the Postal Service is one of the many hidden cruelties inflicted on chickens and other animals. School-hatching projects, 4-H, cockfighters, hunting-dog trainers, backyard chicken-keepers, “free-range” farmers and other interests view the Postal Service, in the words of one farmer, as the “very lifeblood” of their business.

Airmailing baby chicks from factory-farm hatcheries to buyers is cheap, since the birds are shipped like luggage, with no weather protection or other comforts afforded to people’s pets when in transit.

Chicks in a box
Photo: Courtesy of The Animals Voice

What Can I Do?

Urge the United States Postal Service to stop shipping live birds and other small animals as “perishable matter” to customers. If you are in a different country, contact your own country’s postal service with this appeal. Please educate people about the suffering inflicted on fragile birds and others in being shipped as ground mail and airmail. This is one of the many vital reasons to be vegan.

  • Email and call Thad Dilley, Manager of Public Affairs
    202-268-2194, thad.e.dilley@usps.gov

    Sample message to Mr. Dilley:

    Dear Mr. Dilley,

    I'm writing today to urge the USPS to end all live animal shipments immediately. Animals suffer from extreme temperatures and lack of food and water at best, and they die a slow, agonizing death at worst. The USPS should not be in the business of shipping baby chicks or any live animals as mail.

    Please stop the suffering and end live animal shipments!

    Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to your response.

    [YOUR NAME & ADDRESS]

  • Write directly to the Postmaster General:

    The Honorable Louis DeJoy
    Postmaster General
    United States Postal Service
    475 L’Enfant Plaza West, SW
    Washington, DC 20260

Thank You for Taking Action!