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 Freebird…
  as a




  Ducks – essentially wild, water birds – are

  currently factory farmed in filthy, stinking sheds.

  They can’t swim, they can’t fly, and some can

  barely walk.
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     Like a Duck to Water                                    green and brown ducks seen on lakes and
     Ducks are waterfowl. They evolved to eat,               ponds in our parks.
     swim, clean, and play in
     the water. On factory                                                    Like them, farmed
     farms, they never even                                                   ducks would love to fly
     see it, except dribbling                                                 at 50 mph, choose a mate,
     out of a pipe from which                                                 and live for 15 years or
     they are to drink.                                                       more. Fly? Some can barely
                                                                              walk because of painful
     Without water, ducks are                                                 leg deformities caused
     deprived of their natural                                                by high body weight and
     habitat. Denied this fun-                                                the amount of time spent
     damental requirement,                                                    on the floors. There is
     they can’t preen properly Trapped. This little duck got his wings        no mating and life ends
     and find it difficult to     caught in the mesh floor.                   violently after seven weeks.
     keep warm. Without water they may develop              Many will be fully conscious when their
     eye diseases that can result in blindness.             throats are cut.

     Ducks naturally keep themselves spotlessly              Unlucky Ducks
     clean. In the stinking sheds where they are             Ducks, like other animals raised for food, are
     forced to exist, filth builds up on them and            excluded from the Animal Welfare Act.
     they are helpless to remove it.                         Thousands are stocked in each factory unit.
                                                             The filth often results in painful ammonia
     Wild Ones                                               burns from rising urine levels. Most never feel
     Although white in color, most farmed ducks              the sun, wind, or rain on their backs—just
     are descended from Mallards—the handsome                artificial light.

                                                                    Those kept on wire floors often suffer
                                                                    from untreated abrasions, bruises, and
                                                                    tears on their feet. Unsurprisingly, many
                                                                    ducks become diseased and die.

                                                                    No Dabbling!
                                                                    Ducks eat by dabbling—straining plank-
                                                                    ton and tasty morsels from the water
                                                                    through their bills. This vital organ is as
                                                                    sensitive as human fingertips. To con-
                                                                    trol feather pulling—a behavior caused
                                                                    by the unnatural environment—some
                                                                    duck farmers shorten the upper bill by
     Thousands of factory farmed ducks are crammed into each unit   burning or cutting it off—without
     and do not even have access to water to clean themselves.      painkillers. This mutilation can lead to
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  constant pain and                                                         Grimaud Farms practices
  makes eating difficult.                                                   bill trimming with scis-
                                                                            sors! Additionally,
  Forcibly                                                                  Grimaud Farms is an
  Starved                                                                   integral part of Sonoma
  Breeding stock, which                                                     Foie Gras. Foie gras is
  supply the eggs for                                                       produced by restraining
  hatching, are forced                                                      ducks (or geese) and
  into molting through                                                      force-feeding them
  starvation. All feed is                                                   through a tube or pipe.
  removed until they lose     Grimaud Farms practices debeaking on their    This can increase their
  almost one third of         ducks, a painful process that involves removing
                                                                            liver to 10 times its nor-
                              a section of the bill.
  their body weight.                                                        mal size.
  About half will shed most of their primary
  feathers. Some will die. Designed to produce            Metzer Farms ships day-old hatchlings, boxed
  an extra egg-laying cycle, this cruelty is legal.       without food or water, through the US Postal
  Some farmers add a further twist—by remov-              Service.
  ing all water for 24 hours at a time.
                                                       What does Viva! Say?
  Boiled Alive?                                        Factory farming knows no limits! Beautiful
  Every year, about one million ducks are              birds driven by an instinctive desire to swim
  not stunned before their throats are cut.            and to live in the water are being denied
                                                       their freedom and enslaved in filthy indoor
  But rather than rendering them unconscious,          sheds; while those responsible for this cruel
  stunning may inflict severe pain on ducks;           abuse brag about their profits.
  they may still be aware, yet paralyzed.
  Thousands are still alive when they are sub-
  merged in scalding water to be de-feathered.            “Once again Viva!
                                                          exposes a new
  There appears to be no humane way to kill               horror—duck
  birds in the super-efficient, mass production           factory farming.
  poultry industry.                                       I defy anyone
                                                          with the smallest
  What do the                                             amount of
  Producers Say?                                          compassion to
  Maple Leaf Farms is the largest duck produc-            look at the facts
  er in the U.S., raising 14 million ducks per            unearthed by Viva!
  year. They justify factory farming by claiming          and not be upset by them. It is a terrible
  their controlled environment is better for the          shame that people in a so-called civilized
  ducks—in fact, they boast that their birds are          society should be involved in horrific
  not ‘free-range.’                                       practices such as these.”
                                                          Sir Paul McCartney
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    Dive into Action for Ducks!
     The following supermarkets are major sellers of                                       As a consumer you can make a difference–your
     factory farmed duck meat. Write polite letters of                                     dollars can command compassion! Many stores
     protest or call:                                                                      have already made a step in the right direction.
                                                                                           Check out our website for updates!
     John Mackey
     Whole Foods Market                                                                                                 • Get informed—read the Viva!
     601 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite 300                                                                                      report on duck farming, Ducks
     Austin, TX 78703                                                                                                   Out of Water (see coupon)
     512/477-4455
                                                                                                                        • Get involved—get the Ducks
     (Whole Foods is knowingly sell-
                                                                                                                        Out of Water action pack which
     ing factory-farmed duck meat
                                                                                                                        contains a petition, a sample
     from Grimaud Farms, who cuts
                                                                                                                        poster, and an order form for
     off the tips of their bills and
                                                                                                                        more copies of this leaflet to
     confines them in cramped,                                                                                          distribute (see coupon). Want
     filthy sheds.)                                         Free! This rescued bird shows how
                                                            water is central to a duck’s life.                          to stay updated? Join our e-
                                                                                                                        mail alert list by sending an
     Lee Scott, President                                                                                               e-mail to list@vivausa.org.
     WAL-MART
     P.O. Box 116                                                                           • Go veggie! Almost all animals raised for food
     Bentonville, AR 72712-9956                                                               live desolate lives full of pain and misery.
     (Wal-Mart SuperCenters sell duck meat from                                               Contact Viva! for more information on what
     Maple Leaf Farms.)                                                                       you can do!

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