Send this sample letter to your local paper to help Viva!'s campaign to end the factory farming of ducks
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 pages. But they will only publish those which come from local people, which is why your help with letter-writing is vital. The following letter is a suggestion for you to copy but feel free to compose your own. Please remember to include the date and your name and address.
"Dear Letters to the Editor
I was horrified to discover how ducks raised for meat in Britain are treated. Almost all factory farmed, which is unbelievably cruel.
Farmed ducks are mostly close relatives of Mallards, the brown ducks and handsome, green-headed drakes you see on every pond. Like them, they have evolved to eat, swim, dive, clean and play in water. Water is the basis of their life. In today’s stinking factory farms, where 10,000 birds are often crammed into one shed, they never even see water, except in their drinkers.
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. Fly? Some can hardly walk because of leg deformities. There’s no mating and life ends brutally after seven weeks. Many will be fully conscious when their throats are cut.
The factory farming of ducks is simply immoral. How long can we continue to allow animals to be treated as though they were nothing more than pieces of machinery and for Government to defend it?
Happily, you can help restore freedom to these wonderful birds by refusing to buy the meat, complaining to any store which sells it and by supporting Viva!’s ‘Ducks out of Water’ campaign. They can be contacted at 8 York Court, Wilder Street, Bristol, BS2 8QH; tel 0117 944 1000 or www.viva.org.uk.
Don't forget to add your name and contact details (put 'address supplied' if you would rather they didn't print it).