This handsome Silky rooster, who we named Walter thanks to the help of our CAPE community, was at the Napa County Animal Shelter since February 2021 and was having a hard time getting placed. He is shy towards humans but very gentle and sweet.
Thanks to Bleating Hearts Farm and Sanctuary and Animal Place, who helped us with transport, he arrived at the sanctuary in May. He has fit right in with the three hens who were rescued last year from the cruel Kaporos ritual.
Boba and Gordon were born in an elementary school classroom. They were baby chicks hatched as part of a class project about the birth of new life. What the lesson did not include was the fact that when a group of chicks are hatched, most often 50% are males. Roosters typically have a very difficult time finding a forever home and are often discarded in trash cans, landfills, and worse. In the factory farm egg industry, newly hatched male chicks are often ground alive in "macerating machines."
The family who took Gordon and Boba from the classroom did not know that Gordon was a rooster since baby roosters do not start showing male characteristics until they are 4-6 months of age. Once he started crowing, they contacted CAPE. We said we would be happy to provide Gordon and his hen friend Boba a forever home at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary.
CAPE reached out to the principal of the school where Gordon was born, encouraging her to end the practice of classroom egg hatching projects. We are gratified to report that the school will no longer include hatching chicks as part of lesson plans.
If you’re aware of classroom egg hatching projects in your community, we urge you to speak out and ask that the teachers not include egg hatchings in their curriculum. Please contact CAPE for more information about this issue and we will be happy to assist you.
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