Want to own a duck?

I heard that ducks can be fun to have on a farm. One person told me they’re better than hens. While I’m against using animals for our own greedy purposes in general, there are some exceptions when it comes to things like rescues and whatnot. If you can give an animal a better life than it currently has and are up for the task, do it.

Not a duck.
Not a duck.

So what’s up with ducks? I decided to look them up and came across this very negative article published by – surprise surprise – Peta.

Peta and I have an interesting relationship. I like that they don’t want animals to suffer or be exploited. But their methods sometimes make me cringe. They lie often and unnecessarily.

This is a bug.
This is a bug.

I used to be on their email list and got an email once asking me to sign something against a chocolate bar company because they test on animals. They claimed that the company made dogs swim around in toxic paint.

This test didn’t make sense to me. They didn’t explain where this information came from or why it made sense to do in order to sell M&M’s. So I emailed them back and asked, “Why are they performing these tests?” to which Peta cleverly responded, “I don’t know why, Jessica. Some people are very cruel, something that you and I may not ever understand.” Thanks Peta.

Back to ducks – If you don’t want people to own pets, tell them the real reason why. Don’t list false claims about the animals and how they’ll ruin your life.

These look promising. Wait, no... still not ducks.
These look promising. Wait, no… still not ducks.

There were a few comments of people going “oh gosh I didn’t realize how terrible ducks are! I changed my mind!” I guess Peta’s methods work. But they’re dishonest.

And what if one of those people was considering adopting a couple of ducks in need? What if now that person decides to buy a different animal while supporting something terrible, totally missing the point? People need to know the truth and hear all sides of a situation before making their decisions.

That includes you. I don’t know everything about ducks. I just want to stand up for them. If you want to get a duck, do some thorough research about them and about yourself before investing your time. Same with anything you do in life.

Here is my own comment on the article – just in case it doesn’t pass the moderation process. 😉

This article is only here because Peta doesn’t want you exploiting animals. And yeah, you shouldn’t. But some of these aren’t even true, and there are many benefits that might outweigh the downsides, depending on what you want and what you can handle.

If you want a duck, find one that needs a home. Of course! Do this for ANY animal! We don’t need to breed them for our own use. “The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men.” –Alice Walker

This doesn’t mean you should scare everyone off who is thinking of having a duck. The rescue ducks NEED HOMES and some people HAVE THE RIGHT HOME and the right ambition and attitude for having ducks.

I’ve heard from many people that having a duck is totally worth it. They are intelligent, fun, and beautiful animals. If you think you can provide a better home for a duck than it currently has, without exploiting it or perpetuating negative actions toward animals, do it. It will totally be worth it. There will be so many benefits that outweigh any potential negatives.

Now, let’s clear some things up:

– Some of these things are common sense for taking care of any animal. Of course don’t release your duck into the wild. Of course you need to have the proper set up. Of course if you may not be able to keep it you shouldn’t get it in the first place. Of course it will require your time. Keep your duck and take care of it properly. This is true for any animal you adopt.

– Ducks rarely live past ten years, usually 5-7. And of course they’re not going to be tiny and fluffy their whole lives. Anyone thinking of getting a duck is smart enough to figure that out.

– It’s true that they don’t have much control over their poop.

– If you’re considering getting a duck, check with your local vets first to see if they’re properly equipped to take care of them.

– Apparently ducks are good for weed and pest control.

– Yes, your duck may like you and want you around all the time. Having other duck friends is a good idea.

– I think it’s pretty rare for ducks to hate each other this much, especially if you get them from a young age.

– The biting section is a bit dramatic. Having a duck will not mean living in constant fear that it will beat you up. You will not go to work with a black eye and have to explain that you have an abusive duck living at home. Cats scratch, dogs jump, ferrets smell, birds are loud, ducks bite. None of these are likely to land you in the emergency room.

– The snakes and rodents example is an extreme conclusion to jump to. It’s rare for attraction from other critters to become a problem, especially one of this magnitude.

– Hearing other stories about ducks will be mostly good. Risking hearing bad stories about ducks is a ridiculous reason not to get a duck. Have you ever had a cat? Do people tell you horror stories about things they’ve had happen to cats they know? Did it make it not worth having a cat yourself? Come on.

– Of course you’ll worry about your duck. You’ll love it to bits.

If you want a duck, or any animal, try to find a rescue and make sure it has friends. Take care of it properly. Love it and it will love you.

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