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Beirut bans dyed Easter chicks in animal welfare bid

Brightly dyed baby chicks are typically given to children to mark the Easter holiday

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This Easter, chicks across Beirut likely celebrated as the sale of colored baby chicks was banned in the city, the Daily Star reported.

Beirut governor Ziad Chebib told the newspaper the sale of such colorful Easter chicks had been banned to “help prevent … welfare concerns, prevent avoidable disease risks and help teach children the importance of animal welfare.”

According to the newspaper, brightly dyed baby chicks are given to children to mark the Easter holiday.

A recent news report by Al-Jadeed TV filmed the dying process in harrowing detail.

The video shows a worker tossing baby chicks into a bucket of dye and roughly dipping them until they are coated.

The new law will come into force over a period of three years, according to the Daily Star.