Ducks Out of Water
Send this sample letter to your local paper to help
Viva!'s campaign to end the factory farming of ducks
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Dear Letters to the Editor
Have our food producers learnt nothing? After bringing
us BSE, Salmonella, E.coli and antibiotic
resistant killer bugs, theyve done it again. Theyre
promoting duck meat, but not letting onto consumers
exactly how those ducks are treated. In fact it is almost all factory
farmed and unbelievably cruel.
Farmed ducks are mostly close relatives of Mallards,
the brown ducks and handsome, green-headed drakes you
see on every pond. Like them, they have evolved to eat,
swim, dive, clean and play in water. Water is the basis
of their life. In todays stinking factory farms,
where 10,000 birds are often crammed into one shed,
they never even see water, except in their drinkers.
Also like their wild cousins they would love to fly
at 50 mph, to choose a mate and to live for 15 years
or more. Fly? Some can hardly walk because of leg deformities.
Theres no mating and life ends brutally after
seven weeks. Many will be fully conscious when their
throats are cut.
Not only is the factory farming of ducks immoral, it
is almost certainly illegal. How long can we continue
to allow animals to be treated as though they were nothing
more than pieces of machinery and for Government to
Happily, you can help restore freedom to these wonderful
birds by refusing to buy the meat, complaining to any
store which sells it and by supporting Viva!s
Ducks out of Water campaign. They can be
contacted at 8 York Court, Wilder Street, Bristol, BS2 8QH; tel
0117 944 1000.