For Immediate Release:
September 1, 2021
Tapi Mbundure 202-483-7382
Lockport, Ill. – Ahead of duck hunting season and as a contribution to the city’s public art project that will help small businesses stay afloat, PETA has placed a large duck sculpture at the Lincoln Landing, decorated with kid-friendly, pro-duck facts, including that the birds sleep with one eye open for safety, mothers pluck feathers from their own breasts to pad their nests, and a group of ducks is called a “paddling.” PETA hopes to spread a message of compassion to children and their parents, some of whom may have been inclined to go duck hunting.
“Ducks are sensitive, inquisitive birds who form lifelong friendships and don’t deserve to be treated as targets,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA’s mallard is nesting in Lockport to inspire everyone to give these animals a quack at a good life by never shooting or eating them.”
Nowadays, eating meat of any kind is entirely unnecessary, yet a small subset of the population continues to hunt, decimating animal families and populations and damaging ecosystems. And in the meat industry, millions of ducks are killed every year after spending their short, miserable lives crammed inside dark sheds without water to clean themselves, causing filth and disease to spread quickly.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
PETA’s duck will be roosting through September 30 at the intersection of Ninth and Canal streets, across from the Public Landing’s patio area at the Lincoln Landing, near the canal and bike racks.