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An enormous amount of publicity can be gained through the pages of your local newspapers. Local papers are read by millions of people - particularly the Letters to the Editor section. The following letter is a suggestion for you to copy, but feel free to compose your own. Please remember to keep to the word limit and include the date, your name, address, and phone number. Sometimes they like to call and verify you wrote the letter. The paper won't print your address or phone.Dear Editor:

When summer comes with its hot temperatures, most of us just want to head to the water. It's frustrating when we can't refresh ourselves with a quick dip because of work or traffic. That's why it's sad to imagine that birds with a great love of water are deprived of it in today’s factory farms.

Most farmed ducks are close relatives of Mallards, ducks that are commonly seen on every pond. Like them, factory farmed ducks have evolved to eat, swim, dive, clean, and play in water. Water is the basis for their life. In today's factory farms, where thousands of birds are kept in one shed, they never see water, except in nipple drinkers – literally a pipe with holes that dribble water out.

Also, like their wild cousins, they would love to fly at 50 mph, to choose a mate, and to live for 15 years or more. Unfortunately, some can barely walk because of leg deformities. There's no mating and life ends viciously after seven weeks. Many will be fully conscious when their throats are cut. Additionally, thousands of ducks are boiled alive each year; the FSIS estimates that almost 6,000 were boiled alive in 1998.

Luckily, this is something you can help stop! You can refuse to buy duck meat and complain to any store that sells it. Please support Viva's 'Ducks Out of Water' campaign. They can be contacted at P.O. Box 49023, Atlanta, GA 30359, 404-315-8881 or via e-mail at

Yours sincerely,