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Action Alert!

Most folks know that farm stores sell baby chicks, especially come springtime. The Eastern Shore Sanctuary and Education Center, of course, adamantly opposes this practice if for no other reason than it condones the sale of a living creature. All creatures are equally and inherently entitled to live their own lives and not be bred, bought, and sold at the whims of any other creatures. There are, of course, many other reasons to oppose this practice, such as the fact that the chicks are mailed via the USPS to the farm stores from hatcheries that are as barbaric as anything a typical factory farm has to offer, and the fact that so many people tire of their purchases after awhile and then seek to either dump or kill the grown chickens (especially when they turn out to be roosters).

However, Buccheit has gone too far. Check out their site:

They are not only giving away chicks but they are also targeting the promotion to children. It’s hard to imagine a more irresponsible, cruel way to make a buck.

Please contact Buccheit (stores below) and politely but firmly insist that this sales promotion stop at once.

For the animals,


Buchheit Corporate Office
33 P.C.R. 540
Perryville, MO 63775
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 8:00am to 5:00pm


Buchheit of Perryville
1011 South Hwy 51
Perryville, MO 63775
Mon-Sat 7:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday 9:00am to 5:30pm

Buchheit of Jacksonville
2200 West Morton Ave.
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Mon-Sat 7:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday 9:00am to 5:30pm

Buchheit of Herculaneum
200 Riverview
Herculaneum, MO 63048
Mon-Sat 7:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday 8:00am to 6:00pm

Buchheit of Sparta
1817 North Market
Sparta, IL 62286
Mon-Sat 8:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday 9:00am to 5:30pm

Buchheit of Jackson
2801 Old Orchard Rd.
Jackson, MO 63755

Mon-Sat 7:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday 9:00am to 5:30pm

Buchheit of Greenville
1400 E. City Rt. 40
Greenville, IL 62246
Store Hours
Mon-Sat 8:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday 9:00am to 5:30pm

Buchheit of Centralia
1045 W. Broadway
In the Fairview Park Plaza
Centralia, IL 62801
Mon-Sat 8:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday 9:00am to 5:30pm

3 comments to Action Alert!

  • Joy
    I am absolutely appalled that the USPS allows the shipping of live animals that way. How terrible! I just emailed Buccheit and asked them (as pleasantly as I possibly could) to please stop their promotion at once. I’ll let you know if they respond back to me.
  • Joy
    This is the response I have received from Buchheit.
    Are you referring to the misprint that was in our Ad?
    Please see attached Ad Correction letter that was posted in our stores and on our website.
    Vickie Hoernig
    Buying Office Manager
    Buchheit Inc
    Dear Buchheit Customer:
    As a long time supporter of 4H and FFA, Buchheit’s intention is to raise
    awareness of raising chickens and the benefits of doing so. This would
    allow parents to teach their children the responsibility of raising a
    chicken. There was an error in the printing process of the Buchheit
    circular March 10-23, 2010, the free chicks are offered to responsible
    adults not children. It should have read “Limit one per household.”
    Everyone has the right to refuse and are not obligated to take a chick.
    Buchheit in no way is condoning chicks as pets. These chicks are farm
    animals. In accordance with IL State Law, Buchheit is not selling,
    offering for sale, or giving away baby chicks as pets or novelties. We have
    knowledgeable team members ready to assist you with any question you
    may have regarding raising chicks. We hope that this clarifies the
    Saturday, March 13 promotion as advertised in the Buchheit circular.
  • bravebird
    Deep. I can barely think of what to say, other than thank you for sending this — it’s always illuminating to be reminded how most of the world views non-humans. As if we need reminding, but you know.

    I’m going to send this to the woman who told me about this in the first place; I’m sure she will be VERY interested to read this.

    Again, thanks!

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