This is in response to the June 14 article "Duck wars rage on" by Brian Ballou of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
I am a Muscovy duck feeder. As I see it, Muscovy ducks are one of God's genuine useful creatures.
1. Fly and insect eating is their fantastic talent, When I raised Muscovies in Wisconsin, they kept the "bugs" under control. They could catch flies in mid-air and off the walls. Just amazing. Also, their waste was natural, non-burning fertilizer.
2. People seem to be losing their cats and dogs to coyotes. Perhaps relocating Muscovies to coyote and bear areas would/could save countless pets.
3. The reproduction rate of the female ducks is amazing. I've seen a hen hatch 20 eggs at a time several times a year. The ducklings are darling to watch. Muscovies are friendly and non-threatening unless a hen is protecting her babies.
4. The Muscovies are dark meat. I'm surprised no entrepreneur has started a duck meat business. Our county has thousands of homeless and hungry. An entrepreneur working with the county and condo communities could have a fantastic business. Or "do-gooders" could feed duck dinners to the many homeless and hungry.
The idea of inhuman slaughtering of the ducks is wasteful and disgusting.
Thank to all the supporters of Muscovies. People like Eunice Sivertsen, who physically take care of these fantastic and marvelous creatures!