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19 April 2000
Viva! London Does it
for Ducks (Photocall)
Members of London Viva! will be celebrating outside Harrods,
Knightsbridge, at 12 noon, Saturday, April 22 and giving
three cheers for Mr Mohammed Al Fayed. They will then move
on and at 1.00 pm will be outside Marks & Spencer, 458
Oxford Street, W1 (next to Selfridges) where they will give
a chorus of boos to Mr Peter Salisbury, the store’s chief
The group’s double dose of action is in support of the
national animal group Viva! and its campaign against duck
factory farming. As a result of secret video footage and a
major report into the industry, Harrods today decided to remove all
factory-farmed ducks from its shelves. M&S continue to sell them,
including Muscovy/Barbary ducks.
“The conditions for all factory farmed ducks are appalling”,
says Becky Smith, Viva!’s campaign co-ordinator. “ They
live in their own filth as many as 10,000 to a single shed.
These water birds have evolved to swim, play, eat and clean
in water but in factory farms they never even see water,
except in their drinkers. Harrods have made a principled
decision to pull all factory farmed duck meat and we want to
congratulate them. And we want to encourage M&S to end
their support for animal abuse.”
Most ducks sold in the UK are Mallard types but increasing
numbers of Muscovy/Barbary ducks are sold, including by
M&S. They are subjected to ‘partial beak amputation’
where the bill rim is cut off and seared with red-hot metal.
M&S say it is necessary to prevent damage resulting from
“This is a brutal form of animal abuse - it’s like slicing
off a human’s finger tips. The birds can’t eat properly and
scientists say they can feel the pain throughout their
lives. The aggression is a direct result of the
conditions,” concludes Ms Smith.
For further information contact Becky Smith on 0117 944 1000.
Pictures, video footage and the Ducks Out of Water report
are all available.