18th December 2013
A Heroic Tale That Warrants a Happy Ending
Meet Lorne duck, a fearless albeit hapless female Pekin duck who mysteriously found herself like a fish, or should we say duck, out of water recently when discovered wandering an inner Melbourne suburb. Taken in by kindly humans who could only provide a temporary port of call for the quacky little girl, new digs (and pond) were sought. Water is essential for the good health and wellbeing of these aquatic animals; cleansing eyes and airways, as well as aiding in digestion and a host of other natural behaviours. While Lorne Duck has now been reunited with watery pleasures and green grass, delicious treats and the company of her own kind millions (around 8 million a year in fact) of her cousins languish without such ‘luxuries’ on factory farms.
Ducks raised for human consumption exist for their short and impoverished 6 or 7 weeks of life in conditions similar to broiler (meat chickens), yet until recently their plight has been largely unheard. Due to their size, it is primarily the Pekin breed, like Lorne duck, that is used in this way. Selectively bred, these hapless quirky characters suffer a range of health issues as a result of both design and environment. To get more of the lowdown on factory farmed ducks check out a most informative and comprehensive report entitled ‘Like a duck out of water – an expose of the Australian Duck Industry.’ You can find the report here http://www.aussieducks.com.au/report
Quacky Fact- Most ducks have a keen sense of navigation. They are able to memorise landmarks, such as rivers and mountains and they can track using the position of the sun, moon and stars as they fly to their nirvana. Pretty neat hey? We use the term ‘most ducks’ because sadly, ducks like Lorne Duck, who have been bred to be extra heavy for eating, are unable to fly like their wild cousins. But in no way does this make them any less worthy of finding their happy ever after!