After Tim Eisemann's 6th-grade class raised ducklings from an incubator in May, the 20 baby birds would have gone to slaughter if Tim had not taken action. Instead he sent out an imploring email to United Poultry Concerns: "Please help me if you can."
Following a weekend of fruitless efforts to find a home for the ducklings, we referred Tim to Sara Whalen of Pets Alive in Middletown, New York (www.petsalive.org). Whalen published an Internet alert, and within minutes, Angels Gate hospice on Long Island offered sanctuary to the ducklings.
Tim challenged the Babylon Memorial Grade School's practice of hatching ducklings for destruction. To help prevent further occurrences, UPC sent his teacher our booklet Hatching Good Lessons: Alternatives To School Hatching Projects. The booklet shows how to teach students intelligently about birds without encouraging the view that animals are disposable objects. Schools typically provide no veterinary care for the many sick and deformed birds hatched needlessly in classrooms. And like all baby birds, ducklings need their mothers.
Tim is a hero. Thanks to his refusal to be spoon-fed animal suffering as "education," 20 doomed ducklings now have a home. Sadly, most birds hatched in classrooms never find homes. A slaughterhouse is not a home , and animal shelters and sanctuaries are overwhelmed with unwanted animals, reflecting society's - and many schools' - contribution to preventable pet overpopulation. As a step in the right direction, we encourage parents, teachers, and students to contact UPC for our free educational literature. (We request a donation, if possible, to support our work.) Tim spoke for many students who are silent out of fear when he wrote, "I am an animal lover, and it would break my heart to see these ducklings go away to a cruel death." By turning his compassion into action, Tim is a mentor for all of us. Email Tim at email@example.com.
In response to our putting Tim's successful "Ducking Project" on the Internet, the Doris Day Animal Foundation (www.ddaf.org) has honored Tim Eisemann with an Animal Kingdom Kindred Spirit Award.
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