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Posted 3/5/2010 5:47:10 AM


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The Fish and Wildlife Service passed a new regulation that is effective March 31, 2010, that makes it illegal to own or possess muscovy ducks in the US except for food production.
They will grandfather any muscovies owned prior to 3/31 but will not allow breeding.

Anyone aware of the new regulation? Sounds like if you own these ducks you will be in violation after 3/31 unless you plan to eat them.

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Posted 3/5/2010 7:57:00 AM


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what? why? are they rare or something? (I don't know anything about duck)

this is just another way for government to be able to control what we can and can't do.

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Posted 3/5/2010 5:34:25 PM


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Oh Good Grief, here is a link to the actual regulation with explanations of why:

http://www.fws.gov/policy/library/2010/2010-3284.html
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Posted 3/5/2010 7:30:28 PM


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As a wildlife biologist, I can vouch for the fact that 'feral farm animals' can cause SERIOUS problems for native wildlife - feral pigs, feral cats being the most obvious examples.  If you read the Fish and Wildlife Service regulation, you will see that it is clearly aimed at people who are breeding and releasing Muscovy ducks into the wild for purposes of either 1) establishing a population for hunting purposes or 2) inattention to animal husbandry - then calling it 'free range'. The regulation is designed to enable State wildlife agencies to remove Muscovy populations when they are threatening native wildlife.

The regulation specifically addresses the 'hobby farmer' aspect of this issue, when it was brought up by the Humane Society of the US (HSUS):

Issue: "The HSUS is very concerned about the proposed regulation's
impact on currently owned ducks who are not kept for food
production. As proposed, the regulations seem to outlaw these ducks.
It is not clear what USFWS expects will become of them but it seems
it would be illegal for their owners to continue to keep them. This
would be unreasonable and unnecessarily cruel for both the ducks and
their owners. Many people keep ducks as pets. Waterfowl
fanciers maintain hobby flocks. Waterfowl rescuers have removed
ducks from places people considered them nuisances; keeping some and
finding new private owners for others. Forcing all these private
owners to kill their birds or be in violation of this regulation
would be outrageous. However, that appears to be the only way to
construe the proposed regulation.''

 Fish & Wildlife Service Response. "We allow private ownership of MBTA-protected species in few circumstances. We intend to disallow private possession of muscovy ducks, except to raise them to be sold as food (which has been ongoing for years). However, we will allow possession of any live muscovy duck held on the date when this rule takes effect.
    In most every location, the muscovy duck is an introduced, invasive
species. We will allow control of muscovy ducks as best suits the needs
of the States and wildlife management agencies, who requested this
authorization. Though the control order allows States and other
entities to remove muscovy ducks,
we do not expect that they will do so when the ducks are on private property. However, people who propagate muscovy ducks or allow them to multiply and move off their property should realize that the muscovy ducks may be subject to the control efforts that the State or local wildlife agency deems necessary.



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