Of Ducks and Men

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on July 28, 2008

Working at ALDF, or any organization dedicated to protecting
animals, it is a hazard of the job that you hear a lot of stories about
the many horrible ways some people treat animals. From animal fighting
to factory farming the ways in which people can cause animals to suffer
can sometimes seem endless. But, there is a flip side to that. People
who care about animals like we and our wonderful supporters do,
exchange a lot of heartwarming stories about how people are doing their
best to make this world a safer and more compassionate place for
animals. These are the kinds of stories that can lift us all up to see
the potential that we humans have to make a difference.

A couple of weeks ago, I received an e-mail from a
colleague with one such story. It involved six baby mallard ducks
trapped in a sewer in England and the heroic efforts of average folks
to save them. To be fair, the real hero in this story was a mother
mallard duck, but her efforts would not have saved the day without
human assistance. To learn the details of this heroic tale, check out the story.

With
that story still in mind, I was delighted to hear a story that caught
my ear on NPR. At first, I just caught something about a man saving
baby ducks and thought it was going to be a re-telling of the English
duck rescue. To my surprise and delight, this was another story of
ordinary people interrupting their lives to make a difference for the
more vulnerable among us. This time the lucky ducks were even closer to
home, in Spokane, Washington. Here’s the scoop on this ducky tale.

I
guess the moral of this, other than the value of applied morality, is
that everyone can contribute to making this world a kinder, safer place
for animals. Please, always look for ways to make a difference in their
lives. It just might make a big difference in yours. 

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