The value of an animal's life? TSC says it's $1.00 on clearance
Starting in the Spring, Tractor Supply, IFA, CAL Ranch, all have dozens of ducklings on hand for months, ready for the impulse shopper wanting that cute baby.
At a local Tractor Supply in Utah, You can see multiple Pekin Ducklings. On clearance, for just $1, because the store has had them too long.
But these cute babies, turn into these big ducks.
Front: Juniper, dumped at a local pond in North Ogden. Clinging for life, from overbreeding, and being attacked by other ducks. She suffers injuries to her keel bone, wings, bill, eyes, and legs.
Back: Howie, dumped at Steed Pond, barely alive. Howie suffers from a total body infection requiring antibiotics. The infection led him to not be able to walk and he has ongoing respiratory issues.
The days of going into pet stores, finding buckets of kittens, or puppies, are long gone. Why does this archaic practice continue with domesticated ducks?
Each Spring, we start to see chicks upon chicks, ducklings upon ducklings, stacked or piled on each other in stock tanks. The price is normally, $5.99, but as these little babies get older the price goes down, some even will be given away for free.
There are many problems stemming from farm supplies continuing to order animals and have them on hand.
First and foremost, how do they know they will sell them all? Supply and demand is a long-standing basic business model, and gambling with an animal's life is inhumane.
Assorted ducks on clearance for $1.49, regularly $5.99 at a local Tractor Supply in Utah.
The outcome of these little creatures is rarely a good one.
These ducklings come from breeders who ship ducklings to people who order online, YES, they ship live animals in the U.S.P.S. Most of those buying ducklings want females. The ratio for ducks needs to be one male to 3-4 females for the protection of the females. That leaves the "leftovers" to go to farm supplies. Chances are the people buying these babies are getting unwanted boys.
That brings us to what happens when these cute little babies grow up. They are big, messy, time-consuming, and honestly don't make the best pets if you don't have the right setup and time. So, the fate of these animals is they will likely be dumped at your local pond, eventually being injured or killed.
These domesticated ducks need humans for survival. They depend on us for safe shelter, food, and medical attention if needed.
Stop by your local pond, you will most likely see dozens of dumped ducks and geese.
There's no reason for farm supplies to have ducklings on hand each season. They can be special ordered by those who need them, and picked up in a few days..
How you can help.
Please help us stop these animals from suffering in the wild, becoming snake food, or being tortured.
Contact your local farm stores, tell them to stop this. Their profits from the supplies to take care of ducklings is not more valuable than these animals' lives.
Their lives are worth far more than just one dollar.
Hal Lawton, President & CEO
Hlawton@tractorsupply.com Phone: 615-440-4600 extension 4601 it will go to voicemail
John Ordus Executive VP, Chief Stores Officer
Layne Anderson, President & CEO
Bryan Coulter, Associate V.P., IFA country stores operations
Tom Yearsley, President & CEO