I found a chick near my workplace back in 2014 and called her Chicklet. She was covered with red paint and must have escaped from one of the petshops nearby. These petshops sell colored chicks, rabbits, and other small animals. The process of coloring chicks entails tossing them in large plastic containers, as if they were potatoes, and this process often leaves these animals with broken legs or wings. 

Colored animals are sold during holiday festivals and sorts. I don't understand why these businesses are even allowed to exist, as if the entire pet industry is not horrible enough. Talk about sick society. This sketch is dedicated to Chicklet who, sadly, succumbed to her injuries after a week. 

Watch my process of scribbling Chicklet below from my Instagram page @linesoflila.


Lila Marquez

Lila Marquez is a Filipino writer and artist. Also known as Armineonila M., she has written for various newspapers, magazines and journals. Her articles, poems, short stories, digital paintings and comic strips have also been published in several publications in the Philippines, Kuwait and abroad. Lila's artworks and art series have been displayed in art exhibitions in the USA, the UK, China and Germany.

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