A new video by Mercy For Animals documents the horrible treatment of ducks and ducklings at Reichardt Duck Farm in Sonoma County, California. To watch this
video, click on www.MercyForAnimals.org/Ducks.
Ducks are waterfowl. To be healthy, ducks need not only to drink lots of fresh clean water; they need to swim and bathe regularly in water for the health
of their skin, feathers, and eyes. In nature or a sanctuary, ducks rinse their eyes frequently during the day. Deprived of water to rinse their eyes in,
ducks develop an eye disease called ophthalmia, or “sticky eye,” in which a yellowish discharge mats down the feathers around their eyes
causing their eyelids to stick shut. Untreated, sticky eye can cause blindness. Not surprisingly, sticky eye is a disease of ducks raised indoors, and of
course these ducks never receive treatment.
Seeing how industrially raised ducks are tortured every which way, including de-billing with burning metal, it is supremely sad to know that the only
splashing and abundant water these ducks will ever experience in their lives – in their precious eyes – is the cold, salted electrified water
in the slaughterhouse through which they are dragged, face down, to paralyze their bodies for feather release after they are dead. This is how we treat our
feathered friends. This is why the word “food,” unless it is vegan, increasingly sounds like – and is – an obscenity.
We are birds. We are not your “food.” Stop torturing us.
Photo by Gary Kaplan