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January 07, 2009

Don’t release pet ducks into wild

Early last summer two adult, tame white ducks appeared at Lakewood Park lake in Kansas City, North. They likely had been brought there by someone who bought the ducks as Easter pets for their children.

By mid-December the ducks were in trouble because they, unlike the wild ducks and geese that also inhabit the lake, would not be able to fly to open water. As freezing temperatures came, I called Kansas City Animal Control and a half dozen other agencies in hope of getting the ducks moved. No one would help.

On Dec. 29, I saw one of the ducks frozen, dead, in the lake. This is a sad end.

People, please be responsible and do not purchase chicks or ducklings for Easter then abandon them in the park lakes. They cannot survive the winter. You should know that.

Linda Hurst
Kansas City



Like the old Testy says....you should treat your livestock like family.


There will probably never be laws outlawing the sale of chicks, ducklings, and bunnies at holiday times, so the market will have to drive down demand and put these hucksters out of business. I don't know what it will take to convince people to stop buying ANYTHING from pet stores or recreational breeders who sell these animals -- or puppies either for that matter. (Every single puppy you see at a pet store comes from a puppymill, without exception. Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma are the top three offending states for puppymill "production".)

It boils down to one simple fact. Young animals grow up to be adult animals very quickly. If you're not prepared to deal with the adult, don't buy the baby.

T. Hanson

People that buy pets because of a movie that just came out, or because of the cuteness of a certain holiday need to be hung.

You should buy a pet because you are willing to make a commitment of years, not months.

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