Ducks are very curious and inquisitive animals that often waddle about and peck as they investigate their surroundings. They are extremely alert and highly communicative, with a tendency to make loud quacking or honking noises when their territories have been entered. In a natural environment, they enjoy bathing, preening their feathers and foraging. Under normal circumstances, they are expected to live for up to 12 years. Ducks farmed for their flesh in Australia are slaughtered after a severely shortened life of only 6 to 7 weeks.
The term ‘like a duck out of water’ is commonly used to refer to a person who is out of their natural and normal element. The use and popularity of this analogy indicates that humans are aware of the need for water. So, if we take it that ducks are meant to live in, on, and around water - why then are up to 8 million ducks farmed in Australia under conditions of near total water deprivation?
Australian duck farms deny these inherently aquatic birds instinctive desire to swim and live around water. Aside from nipple drinkers provided for ducks to drink from, these ducks will never see nor feel water as nature had intended them to. There is no legal requirement in Australia for commercial duck farms to have water available for ducks to swim, bath, or even dip their heads.
Animal Liberation campaigns and lobbies for legislative change in the Australian duck farming industry. Combining this with consumer outreach and advocacy, Animal Liberation campaigns to inform the Australian public on elements that the industry would prefer consumers not know and promotes the adoption of alternative, healthy, and compassionate dietary choices that are good for us, good for animals, and good for the planet we share.