Key welfare issues for farmed ducks

We're concerned about the welfare of farmed ducks, and we're working to improve their welfare at all stages of production. These are the key welfare issues for farmed ducks.

Access to open water sources

We believe that, as ducks are waterfowl, they should be provided with full-body access to hygienically managed open water sources. This enables them to carry out their natural water-related behaviours, such as preening and head dipping.

Unfortunately, current UK law doesn't require duck farmers to give their birds water for anything other than drinking.

We believe the law should be changed so that producers are legally required to provide farmed ducks with suitable open water facilities that allow them full-body access.

Foie gras

Foie gras is a food product produced from the livers of force-fed ducks or geese. We're opposed to foie gras production due to the many serious welfare problems it causes for the birds involved. Find out more about the welfare issues caused by foie gras production and why we don't think you should buy it.

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