A vendor shows colored chicks in Beirut, Friday, April 3, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Highlighting the importance of animal welfare is among the reasons behind the Beirut governor's recent decision to forbid the sale of colored baby chicks within the city, Ziad Chebib said Friday.This comes as welcome news to Animals Lebanon Executive Director Jason Meir, long an advocate for ending the trade of colored chicks.In recent years animal rights activists have increasingly brought attention to the inherent cruelty in the coloring and sales of the chicks.For this reason Mier stressed the importance of selling the animals within a licensed facility.Mier said that Animals Lebanon anticipates requests to rescue the animals after the Easter holiday has ended, and once they have grown into crowing roosters, though by that time it's often too late.Mier said that sustainably improving animal treatment in Lebanon is a gradual process, and the central goal of the new National Animal Protection and Welfare Law.It seeks to regulate animal care and handling among establishments, and individual pet owners, that keep animals.
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