Plight of the Canadian ducks

The recent Canadian ducks’ death need to be avenged and not just by mere apologies.

Greenpeace Canada says big oil players are ducking (sorry, just can’t help it!) their responsibility in the deaths of more than 500 migratory birds because of their oil sands project in Alberta.

The project’s operator, Syncrude, apologize profusely in its website as well as in several Canadian newspapers, according to reports. Canadian officials said they are investigating the matter and the death of these ducks will not go unpunished.

Syncrude’s owners such as ConocoPhillips and Imperial Oil are reportedly investigating as well.

I agree with Greenpeace that a $1m fine is a mere drop in the company’s $298m first quarter profit. The world needs more energy source and oil-sands could be part of a solution but these companies should have more adequate animal protection program than their audible noise makers, which to me sounds like just putting up scarecrows in their facility’s basin.



2 Responses to Plight of the Canadian ducks

  1. Stephen 6 May, 2008 at 8:55 pm #

    $1m for 500 geese killed by accident? Let’s feel sorry for the geese, sure, but what about their millions of fowl friends who get killed on purpose every day, and quite unnecessarily?

    I suggest put the geese in perspective. If the world needs a certain and very large number of feathered creatures to die every day to maintain us in our desired standard of cuisine, then having for the sake of our energy needs an occasional accidental death en masse (of a species that is abundant to the point of being in overpopulation) is not such a bad price to pay.

    It would be great if we did not have to worry about geese in oil sands or turkeys in deep fryers, but let’s not pick on one without acknowledging the hypocrisy of ignoring the other.

  2. Doris de Guzman 6 May, 2008 at 10:09 pm #

    I’m not a fan of eating our fowl-feathered friends myself except for the occasional chicken but if we break the food chain cycle by excluding meat, then we’ll have more global food crisis to worry about.

    I think most of these outcries is not really about the ducks, but the intolerance of having these type of accidents to occur in the first place. I’m pretty sure that $1m will not go for duck health care.

    I’m all for energy but I wouldn’t want to see animals dying en masse because of it. In my opinion, these ducks could have had a greater purpose in their short lives–such as nourishing an empty stomach of a hungry person or another animal instead of being a waste.

    I guess my mistake is posting a comment on avenging the ducks. It should have been avenging those who need the ducks more!

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