For Immediate Release:
January 14, 2022
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Boston – To advocate for kinder shopping and dining choices in 2022, today Mrs. Mallard and her eight sculpted ducklings are sporting brand-new PETA-designed signs encouraging everyone to have a heart for ducks and opt for duck-free cuisine and feather-free apparel. More photos are available here.
“Real-life ducks killed for food or plucked for down jackets value their lives and love their families,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA’s signs ask Bostonians to cherish all ducks as they cherish the ‘Make Way for Ducklings’ statues by leaving them off tables and out of closets.”
Ducks killed for food spend their lives inside dirty, dark sheds, unable to swim, fly, play, or forage. On foie gras farms, workers shove tubes down ducks’ throats and pump grain into their stomachs to enlarge their livers. And in the down industry, workers pull fistfuls of feathers out of live birds, often causing bloody wounds. Eventually, the birds are sent to slaughterhouses, where their throats are slit—sometimes while they’re still conscious.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat, wear, or abuse in any other way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
The “Make Way for Ducklings” statutes are located in the Boston Public Garden.