Sadly, the images of endangered animals are all too common in our daily lives. While beautiful to behold, these images remind us that the majestic grizzly bear is under attack, as are mountain lions, and wolves. Their plight is truly horrific and the world as we know it needs to change. On the other hand, it seems that a large group of animals in need are being unintentionally neglected. Where are the photos of our everyday birds and small animals? Where are the amazing shots of chickens, turkeys, ducks, or reptiles - the plain janes of the animal world? These "forgotten ones" are often overlooked because they don't have the benefit of being quite as majestic as pronghorn antelopes - but they still need our help, now more than ever.
Did you know that many animal cruelty laws specifically exclude poultry? And in our experience, law enforcement never responds to a call reporting cruelty to chickens at an auction. Farmers' markets and flea markets, mostly in rural areas, often have special "small animal sales" that offer poultry, rabbits, guinea pigs, reptiles for a variety of uses, whether to individuals or businesses. Guinea pigs are often sold to zoos or exotic animal dealers as food for their snakes. Animals' Angels cares about all animals and we want to include every feathered and four legged friend in our advocacy efforts. Sadly, the treatment of chickens, rabbits, and other small animals sold at auction is grisly and unsettling. Over the past year AA has been attending these sales throughout Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky to document what exactly these small animals are being put through and the findings, unfortunately, are just as sickening as they are at cow and horse auctions. Abuse. Negligence. Cruelty.