Letter to USA Today
The recent liberation of 250 ducks from the Cornell University duck laboratory
blows the lid off an ugly little secret. Cornell's experiments reveal
that modern agribusiness is willing to go to any lengths to wring every
last drop of profit out of animals, no matter how it affects the animals
More than 24 million ducks are already raised in outrageously cruel conditions
on U.S. factory farms. Forget flying or swimming—factory farmed ducks
can do neither. These aquatic birds are kept indoors in overcrowded conditions
without access to water for bathing and preening. Factory farmed ducks
routinely have part of their bills painfully burned or cut off to prevent
the feather pulling that commonly results from such overcrowded conditions.
Even the birds' deaths are not merciful: the US Department of Agriculture
reports that thousands of ducks are mistakenly boiled alive every year
because of the speed-at-any-price design of the slaughter process.
Now, at universities like Cornell, experimenters working for agribusiness
are seeking new ways to pump up profits and push these animals to the
limits of their physical endurance. Heartless? Yes. But it's also business
as usual for the money-hungry corporations that dominate animal agriculture.
Viva! launched our campaign exposing the horror behind duck factory farms
last September. We have video and
photos available of duck farms around the U.S.
U.S. Campaigns Director
P.O. Box 49023
Atlanta, GA 30359