Ducks Out of Water
All the UK's supermarkets sell factory farmed ducks -
the only exception is Waitrose which now only sells
'free-range' ducks that now have access to water for swimming (although
flock sizes of up to 4,000 show that this is still intensive
farming). Marks & Spencer also have free-range ducks for their
fresh meat range, but will not tell us what conditions their
other duck meat comes from.
Viva! has video footage
from all the main suppliers the main British supermarkets
showing appalling conditions. The following letter is only a
suggestion - please feel free to adapt it and add your own
comments (or phone instead).
For a list of contact details for supermarkets click
As a customer of yours, I am writing to express my
strong concern about the sale of duck meat from ducklings
raised on factory farms. Ducks, whose lifespan in the wild
would be over 10 years, are slaughtered at just seven weeks.
On these factory farms it is not unusual to find dead and
dying ducklings amongst the living, their bodies littered
throughout the dirty and stinking sheds where they are kept.
With thousands of birds crammed into a single building and no
water in which to clean themselves properly, it is inevitable
that they suffer stress from sores, filthy feathers, eye
infections and even blindness. Some are bred to be so heavy
that they become crippled, and have to drag themselves along
by their wings.
Ducks are still essentially wild animals so please help
to end their torment and stop selling duck. I look forward to