What ducks endure
When you think of a duck, most likely the image in your mind would be
of one on water. Children are told that ducks live near bodies of water
because they spend a lot of time on it. According to zoologist Juliet
Gellatley, ducks spend 80% of their time on water since they play, swim
and feed on it. So important is water for ducks that they can go blind
if they are unable to rinse their eyes with it. God crated them to be on
In spite of our knowledge about what ducks need and how they behave,
most of the 18 million ducks raised for meat in the U.K. have no access
to water for bathing and 90% of them are intensively confined.
A report by the animal protection organization Viva! states that the
industry keeps 10,000 birds to a shed with a stock density of about
eight birds per square meter (10.8 square feet). According to producers,
who have no regard for the lives of these animals, say that such access
to water would spread disease. To us, Christians, to deprive an animal
of an essential God-give need – in this case water - is to disobey God.
Although the U.K.’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs (DEFRA) and the Council of Europe recommend that ducks have
enough water to cover their heads and splash their backs, Viva! says
this rarely occurs and cannot be enforced. The duck industry is said to
be aware of the criticism and close to finalizing a code of practice.
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