Shut Down Inhumane Duck Farm


Target: Sonoma County Sheriff, Steve Freitas

Goal: Shut down a California duck farm for displaying animal cruelty

One of the largest farms in California, the Reichardt Duck Farm was recently searched due to complaints of animal abuse and neglect. An undercover animal rights activist was hired to work at the farm for a few months and took it upon herself to film the horrific cruelty she witnessed before turning her evidence into the authorities for further investigation.

The Reichardt Duck Farm Sonoma houses about 300,000 ducks. Recently, the County Sheriff’s investigators served the farm a search warrant for alleged animal abuse. They searched the building along with police officers, veterinarians, and crime scene photographers. They were looking for any signs of abuse and neglect and whether the ducks had been euthanized improperly.

The activist allegedly uncovered a multitude of abuse from working at the farm for five weeks during her summer. She claims that the abuse started immediately when the ducks hatched. One of the claims she shared with authorities was that the workers were asked to cut off pieces of the ducks’ bills so that they didn’t kill each other in their overcrowded living space. Although ducks are supposed to live in water for most of their lives, they spent their time at this farm in wired mesh cages. The activist also informed authorities of the farm’s illegal methods of euthanasia. They brutally paralyzed the ducks in electrified baths and dumped them into boiling hot water to be de-feathered while they were still alive.

The case will be held at the District Attorney’s Office for further investigation. Please sign this petition to urge authorities to shut down this abusive duck farm.


Dear Sheriff Freitas,

We rarely get a chance to see the realities of the everyday at animal farms. Luckily in this case, a brave animal activist worked at the Reichardt Duck Farm for five weeks and was able to uncover and report the abuse and cruelty that took place there.

Everything from clipping ducks’ bills to their cramped and unnatural housing and its horrific euthanasia methods are a clear violation of California law. It is illegal to deny animals access to proper living spaces and veterinary care. Their ways of euthanizing the ducks are cruel and unusual. They should be held criminally responsible if these allegations are proven to be true. Please take steps to shut down this animal farm for abusing the animals in its care.


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Photo Credit: Ramon F. Velasquez via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. These people are MONSTERS!!! MONSTERS!!! Please give them a taste of their own medicine, and have 1 or 2 of them endure what they have the animals go through! – I am surprised this is taking place in California, moreover. Well done, undercover agent!


  3. This is so sad and terrible it brings tears to my eyes. I agree,all the poeple who did that to the ducks should have the same thing done to them.
    It brakes my heart to think things like that happens all the time.
    Bless those beloved ducks and other animals.

  4. les canards ont des droits se sont des citoyens a part entiere de notre soeur la terre.

  5. No animals on earth deserves this !!!!!

  6. Carolyn Ellertson says:

    The situation is heartbreaking and disgusting, but my question is: where were the authorities who are supposed to be inspecting these places on a regular basis? Either it was inspected and allowed to continue the practices, or it wasn’t inspected at all, which I imagine California is expected to do with all commercial farms with a product sold publically. I think California dropped the ball. Someone did! Both issues need to be resolved. Free range animals of most species typically have a pecking order, but once established, it is pretty much respected. I imagine the close quarters and psychological abuse it rendered made them turn on them out of anger and pain. Very, very, sad. I have no sympathy for anyone who could do that to anything. It’s not like people can’t see what they are doing to them..

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