Key welfare issues of farmed ducks

close-up of white farm duck © RSPCAWe're concerned about the welfare of farmed ducks, and we're working to improve their welfare at all stages of production. Here's more on 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 that enable 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, and ducks may only have access to water from drinkers such as those pictured above.

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 fully body access.

Foie gras

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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