The dark side of rainbow-hued chicks

While the rainbow hues of dyed chicks being sold in an Indonesian market are certainly ingenious and eye-catching, I, for one, am not going to buy into it (" 'Specials' on sale: Eye-catching chicks"; May 19).

The dyeing does not confer any value on the chicks, except to raise their aesthetic appeal for the benefit of customers looking for novelty.

The colours do not last forever, and the dyed feathers are shed as the chicks grow.

Such fads would only encourage people to buy pets on a whim, forgetting that getting a pet is a long-term commitment. It must come with the willingness to care for the pet's well-being, and not to throw it out when it loses its charm.

Lee Kay Yan (Miss)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2016, with the headline 'The dark side of rainbow-hued chicks'. Print Edition | Subscribe