PUBLIC OPINION > Stop Dyeing Baby Chicks!
Living 2012/04/04 21:21:11
Dyeing eggs has been a tradition across different cultures for millenia, but dyeing the baby chicks that hatch from the eggs for Easter is a relatively new practice -- and animal rights activists are deeply concerned. It's generally agreed that the dyeing process is not harmful, but humane societies report large numbers of colored chicks being turned over or neglected because people tend to think of the animals as "toys" and not living creatures. We asked the public if the practice is acceptable.
They might be cute, but responses opposed to dyeing baby chicks were passionate and overwhelming. "Cruel," "unnatural," "horrible" and "evil" were a few words used to describe it, and that's just on the first page of comments. A lot of responses seemed to be gut reactions, but there was some legitimate debate on the issue, as well. Supporters emphasized the fact that it's not demonstrably harmful to the chicks, but others argued that the real danger is in treating them as a novelty. One commenter wrote, "In the end many of these will die, never to reach the time they shed their fluff and grow out their normal feathers."
Men Are More Likely to Say OK
The first demographic we noticed was gender. In the past, Gallup polls have shown that women are more likely to go for animal rights than men, and these results support that finding. Men were nearly twice as likely to support the practice, with one out of three voting "OK."
Relationship status showed an unexpected correlation. Most groups in that category showed about the same levels of opposition, but voters who were in an unmarried relationship were a good deal more likely to back the dyeing of chicks. Support from married voters was also relatively high.
Support From Smokers
Smokers and drinkers were also more likely to shrug it off, with smokers voting about as high as men at 32% and drinkers coming in at 25%. We could kind of see why a few drinks would make the idea a little more attractive. Without smokers or drinkers, the overall vote in favor of dyeing chicks would have been closer to 17%.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our poll about dyeing baby chicks. We'd love to hear from you!
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