Animal rescue

Vets, TV celebrities, a pop star and farm animal rescue centers are pushing to ban duck farming in Britain!

Following high profile investigations at Gressingham Foods, the main supplier of duck meat to the UK market which supplies major retailers ASDA, Coop, Waitrose, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, seventeen animal rescue centers d animal husbandry, nineteen national animal rights organizations (including PETA UK, Viva!, Animal Aid and OneKind), veterinarians, animal behaviorists, TV celebrities Peter Egan (Downtown Abbey), Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter) , Megan McCubbin (Springwatch) and guitarist, singer and songwriter Sam Carter (The Architects) have signed a letter to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustice, urging the government to ban the commercial duck industry over its alleged failings under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Evanna Lynch also narrated the campaign video.

Claire Palmer, spokesperson for the Animal Justice Project, said: “The Animal Welfare Act is in place to protect farm animals, but most farmed ducks in the UK don’t even have the protections the most basic. Under Article 9, animals must be provided with an “appropriate environment” and “be able to exhibit natural behaviour”. Yet the majority of farmed ducks in the UK do not have access to open water; they therefore cannot bathe or swim, thus making the environment unsuitable and preventing the expression of natural behaviors. For this reason, we call on the government to ban the industry”.

As part of their ‘Down with Duck Farming’ campaign, dizzying billboards have been put up in five cities across Britain and are expected to reach over half a million (565,795) people with the message that the duck farming is against UK law. It is also, according to the advocacy group Animal Justice Project, in violation of one of the Five Freedoms (specifically the “freedom to express normal behavior”) and the Farm Animal Welfare Regulations ( England) (2007) regarding consideration of the adaptive and ethological needs of ducks.