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
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 email@example.com.