Truth behind one of Britain’s favourite dishes
‘Crispy duck’ is one of the nation’s
favourite dishes but sadly these water birds have never
seen a pond.
Over 18 million ducks are slaughtered in the UK every
year and over 90 per cent are factory farmed - thousands
crammed into each shed.
Birds who have evolved to eat, swim, dive, clean and
play in water – never even see it except to drink.
Without water, their lives have little meaning. They
can’t preen or clean properly and often develop
eye problems that can end in blindness. Mostly descended
from wild Mallards, farmed ducks retain their wild instincts
yet never go outside, never feel the sun on their backs
or experience the wonderful freedom of an open river.
The only time they leave the shed is to be barbarically
slaughtered at just seven weeks old.
Factory farming is a disaster for animals but doesn’t
do us much good, either. It’s an irony that many
traditional Chinese dishes are vegetarian and low in
fat – ‘crispy duck’ is neither. In
fact, it can be packed with as much fat as a deep-fried
Mars bar! Also difficult to stomach is the fact that
most food poisoning comes from meat and other animal
products. Just as scary – the widespread use of
antibiotics on factory farms has contributed to antibiotic
resistant food poisoning bugs such as Salmonella and
E.coli and helped to produce deadly superbugs.
Next time you fancy a Chinese, opt for a healthy, animal-friendly
veggie dish and ask your local Chinese restaurant to
stock vegetarian ‘mock duck. Also, try our delicious cruelty-free
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