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September 4, 2001

WHOLE FOODS TARGETED FOR SELLING INHUMANELY RAISED DUCK MEAT
National Duck Week to highlight the plight of factory farmed ducks, September 10 - 16

DAVIS, CA - Viva!USA activists in 17 cities across the U.S. will educate and leaflet during Duck Week to heighten awareness about the tragic lives factory-farmed ducks endure. Whole Foods retailers (based in Texas) will be a primary focus of Duck Week events. Although the grocery chain markets itself as a purveyor of natural, cruelty free items, it continues to sell ducks farmed by Grimaud Farms - a notoriously inhumane duck farm.

National Duck Week events will take place in San Francisco, Santa Rosa, CA; Santa Fe; Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, TX; Washington, D.C.; Seattle; Chicago; Philadelphia and Mt. Pleasant, PA; Atlanta; Manhattan; Raleigh; Montgomery, AL; and Tampa.

Points to consider:

Ducks, like other animals raised in food production, are excluded from the federal Animal Welfare Act. Factory farmed ducks are packed by the thousands into dark, stinking sheds.

As aquatic birds, ducks have evolved to live their lives in water. Denied enough to water to immerse themselves, factory farmed ducks are unable to preen properly and have difficulty maintaining adequate body temperature.

Grimaud Farms cuts off a portion of a ducks bill to prevent the ducks from pulling each others' feathers - an unnatural behavior caused by the crowded, "