Easter is supposed to be a wonderful time of year, but for MANY ducklings and chicks, it is only a time of sadness, abuse and even death. You see, this is the time of year that the push is on for the sale of millions of baby ducks and chicks throughout the country. Easter is often the ‘trick’ used to promote these sales in abundance, and to sell ALL of the accompanying necessities for their survival. “What a cute Easter basket it will make”! Let me first preface by saying that we have NO problem with the sale or purchase of these wonderful creatures, as long as people understand what is involved in their development. Time, love, money, commitment…and a LOT of it! These babies are NOT disposable at the ‘purchasers’ whim! They should NOT be given as gifts without the receivers knowledge, as that will almost NEVER work out well. If your one year old child ‘must’ have one after the sales pitch is made, buy them a big stuffed one, it will last much longer, and it will most likely not suffer in the process. You are the parent, please show them how to be responsible. After you leave the store, your child will forget all about it. Having ‘good intentions’ is not enough when it comes to the life of ANY animal, PERIOD! If you think that I am sitting on my high horse preaching, then that is fine, as I HAVE seen the results of abuse, first hand, many times, and it can be sickening, so you can label me as such, but if I can stop even one unnecessary death, it will be well worth it! PLEASE share this post with as many people as you can, so we can make an even BIGGER difference!