Deming Duck Race in the Dumps

Poultry Duck Drawing
Illustration by Jazelle Lieske

For the past 13 years, the Deming, NM Chamber of Commerce has sponsored a duck race in August in which ducks dressed in costumes are prodded into racing down a 17-ft. track in the desert heat. Reported abuses range from the use of cattle prods to train the ducks to the dumping of injured ducks when the races are over. A February 1995 item in the Deming Headlight noted, "Attendance was down several thousand people last year," causing the price of admission to be dropped from $5 to $1 per person.

Please urge the Chamber of Commerce to dump the duck race in favor of something fresh that will attract people and raise money without using ducks or other animals as a gimmick. There is still time before August!

Contact Linda Stevens, Deming Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 88031, Deming, NM 88030 (ph: 1-800-848-4955; fax: 1-505-546-9569).