Don't Feed the Ducks!

To: "Birding Australia" <>
Subject: Don't Feed the Ducks!
From: "Terry Bishop" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 19:59:26 +1100 (AUS Eastern Daylight Time)
I don't think it is the direct feeding of fresh bread or other nibbles but
the after effects.
This is taken off; website.

1.) Feeding ducks attracts rats, pests and predators that kill ducks and
endanger humans. 
2.) Rotting food pollutes the water and breeds deadly diseases and parasites
    ? A single outbreak of Duck Virus Enteritis (caused by artificial
        Kills all of the ducks. 
    ? Uneaten food quickly forms a deadly mold called Aspergillus; 
        Fatal to ducks without early diagnosis and expensive treatment. 
    ? Avian Botulism (caused by artificial feeding) 
        Kills entire waterfowl populations and hospitalises people. 
    ? Artificially fed ducks emit a parasite causing a condition 
        In humans called Swimmer's Itch. 
3.) Ducks defecate at the site of scattered food or bread, bacteria in
faeces creates much higher risks for illness or disease. 
4.) Most waterfowl die-offs in the past 10 years have been attributed to
artificial feeding. 
5.) Food waste bobbing on the water's edge is ugly. 
6.) Ducks that are overfed create dangerous amounts of waste that harms fish
and other animals living in ponds. 

7.) Some foods like corn may be OK as a snack for ducks, but fish can't
digest it and die. Seeds cause severe cramping pain in ducks. 

-------Original Message-------
From: Chris Sanderson
Date: 26/02/2009 6:09:13 PM
To: Russell Woodford
Cc: birding birding-aus
Subject: Don't Feed the Ducks!
Hi Russell,
I wouldn't be too concerned about the whole duck-bread thing.  To the best
of my knowledge no study has ever proved it to be bad for them.  I'd love to
hear some evidence to the contrary (note: evidence, not anecdote), but from
talking to people who have actually done research on the issue it seems to
actually not be too bad for them.  In fact, ducks would seem to have better
self control than most people when it comes to their diet.
On Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 12:57 PM, Russell Woodford <
> wrote:
> A bread manufacturer has launched an ad campaign based on the slogan "Don
> feed the ducks".  It's not really a campaign to STOP people feeding bread
> ducks, although they point out on their website why their bread is
> particularly unsuitable as duck food. Their hook is that because ducks are
> eating THIS bread, they are migrating way too far and exhibiting "Wonder
> Performance" because of the composition  of the bread. It's a bit like the
> Energizer bunny - but in this case we have ducks.
> Although the campaign clearly says "Don't feed THIS bread to ducks", it
> doesn't really convey the important message that ALL BREAD should be
> as duck food. Some authorities have even suggested that the campaign might
> make MORE  people feed bread to ducks.
> At least the ad agency got a few things right  - the Duckwatching Blog
> they've created has links to REAL WORLD sites about ducks, including the
> Coalition Against Duck Shooting. And their portrayal of the birdwatcher as
> bearded grey-haired man in a green jacket and daggy beany is, as we all
> know, 100% correct ...
> Anyway, it's worth looking at the site for some of the quirky links (is
> there really a birder called Malcolm Fitzpatrick, who has an obsession for
> ducks, and likes Stormboy because a pelican is a bit like a duck?).
> Better still, tell a friend to lok at the site, or use the TV ads as a way
> of letting more people know not to feed ANY BREAD to ducks!
> Russell Woodford
> Birding-Aus List Owner
> Geelong   Victoria   Australia
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