I HAVE recently become aware of the shameful conditions on duck farms supplying major supermarkets.

Animal group Viva! has filmed ducks crammed into dirty, stinking sheds in their thousands, dead and dying birds, disabled ones on their backs in distress, unable to right themselves.

And the most unbelievable abuse of all no water for these aquatic animals to even clean themselves. These conditions are the norm.

Almost all duck meat on sale in UK supermarkets, shops and Chinese restaurants for that matter, comes from factory farms. Twenty million ducks are bred for meat in the UK every year.

To find out more, contact Viva! at 8 York Court, Wilder St, Bristol, BS2 8QH. Tel 0117 944 1000; website: www.viva.org.uk M Westmacott Wanborough