Justice for Ducklings: Prosecute Cal-Cruz Hatcheries

  • by: Care2.com
  • target: Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee
If a cat or dog was tossed across a room and left in pain, or their limbs tangled in machinery or skinned alive, swift legal action might take place.

But in this case, the animals suffering these acts of cruelty are ducklings -- and they're getting no such justice.

In 2009, undercover activists shot videos of animal abuse at Cal-Cruz Hatcheries in Santa Cruz, CA. They submitted this video to county animal service and the DA's office, and a follow-up investigation resulted in the confiscation of 88 ducklings from the site. Over half of them had to be euthanized.

But the District Attorney's Office said they will not prosecute Cal-Cruz Hatcheries, even though in California, there is no legal difference between pets and food animals. Prosecuting Cal-Cruz would bring these ducklings -- who are sensitive to pain just like dogs and cats-- some justice and could change the way animal agriculture views "cruelty." Tell the DA Bob Lee to prosecute Cal-Cruz.
Dear Mr. Lee,

If a cat or dog were tossed across a room and left in pain, or their limbs tangled in machinery or skinned alive, swift legal action might take place.

But in this case, the animals suffering these acts of cruelty are ducklings -- and they're getting no such justice.

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In 2009, undercover activists shot videos of animal abuse at Cal-Cruz Hatcheries in Santa Cruz, CA. They submitted this video to county animal service and the DA's office, and a follow-up investigation resulted in the confiscation of 88 ducklings from the site. Over half of them had to be euthanized.

But the District Attorney's Office said they will not prosecute Cal-Cruz Hatcheries, even though in California, there is no legal difference between pets and food animals. Prosecuting Cal-Cruz would bring these ducklings -- who are sensitive to pain just like dogs and cats-- some justice and could change the way animal agriculture views "cruelty." I strongly urge you to justly prosecute Cal-Cruz Hatcheries.
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