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Save Muscovy Ducks by repealing the Control Order (50 CFR 21.54) that allows these ducks to be killed freely in the U.S.

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Dear Proponent of Animal Rights:

We need to protect Muscovy Ducks (Cairina moschata) by petitioning to repeal the Control Order (50 CFR 21.54) that was created when they were recently added to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s List of Migratory Birds.  The List of Migratory Birds classification only protects Muscovy Ducks in Southern Texas, in specific, Hidalgo, Starr, and Zapata counties. 

The Control Order “allows landowners, State, Federal, and Tribal agencies to remove or destroy Muscovy Ducks, their nests, and eggs, anywhere outside their natural range [South Texas], without a federal migratory bird permit” (FWS).

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is wrong in labeling only Muscovy Ducks from Hidalgo, Starr, and Zapata counties as “native” while their counterparts from neighboring regions and states are deemed “exotic and invasive”.  Biologically, these animals are part of the same species and as with the case with the group of federally protected Muscovy Ducks, the rest of population are following their natural instinct to reproduce and expand their natural range of habitat.  

Muscovy Ducks are a well-established duck species in North America and the rest of the Americas.  As early as the 16th century, European explorers documented their encounters with this species.  They even brought some Muscovy Ducks back to Europe.  Furthermore, various Native American tribes across the Western Hemisphere had successfully domesticated the Muscovy Ducks as they were an important part of their culture. 

On a personal note, I recently witnessed a group of animal trappers remove all the Muscovy Ducks in our community lake here in South Florida.  They were deemed a nuisance by some residents and they were removed and destroyed even though many were baby hatchlings. 

Please help me petition the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Control Order and end the animal cruelty to these magnificent Muscovy Ducks.

Thank you.

 

http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/NewReportsPublications/FactSheets/Muscovy Fact Sheet 3-31-2010.pdf

 

http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/RegulationsPolicies/reg2010/Muscovy Duck Final Rule 1 March 2010.pdf



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