Walk for Farm Animals: Monet and Matisse, the ducks

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Walk for Farm Animals: Monet and Matisse, the ducks

Since Liberation BC’s 7th annual Walk for Farm Animals to benefit Farm Sanctuary is coming up on October 5th, it’s time to get to know just a few of the some of the approximately 900 animals who live at Farm Sanctuary’s three shelters.  Are you ready for the Walk?  It’s time to register and start fundraising!

This is part of a series of farm animal stories on our blog.



Monet and Matisse are two ducks rescued from the foie gras industry.  (I wrote about the industry’s lies a couple of weeks ago.)

Monet and Matisse are young with a tiny bit of baby fuzz on their necks that has not yet been replaced with adult feathers, but they already had been subjected to this abuse. Both arrived with sores on their bills from the feeding pipe, and the cuts, scrapes, and broken feathers on their bodies testify to lives spent in cramped cages and rough handling by foie gras producers who hold struggling birds as feed is pumped into their bodies.(link)

See this slideshow for a glimpse of what Monet and Matisse endured:

Monet and Matisse were so terrified when they arrived that it was difficult for us to get near them. Fear is common among the foie gras birds we’ve saved. Ducks rescued from other circumstances may be wary at first, but eventually they grow comfortable with occasional handling. Most foie gras ducks, however, never fully lose their fear of being touched and held by humans — and understandably so. We do our best to handle these birds only when necessary and create environments that allow them to feel safe. Inseparable companions, Monet and Matisse already have the advantage of a strong friendship that will help them begin to feel secure in their new life.(link)

Liberation BC is proud to support Farm Sanctuary by participating in the annual Walk for Farm Animals.  Won’t you join us?

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