Residents in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana witnessed a horrible sight recently. The spot, which is popular for Hoosiers, is also a popular hangout for ducks. But as residents watched, the ducklings struggled to get in and out of the water – sometimes even putting their little lives at risk.
Because the community had a big heart, Indianapolis officials installed four small wooden ramps to help the ducklings and goslings get out of the water of the canal.
And when you see these little ramps in action, your heart will swell. Just look at them in the video below…
The local woman first noticed that a feature in the canals in downtown Indianapolis was slowly killing off the duckling population. She took action and gave PETA a call.
The issue was first reported back in June 2016. Barbara Smock noticed it countless times. The babies just couldn’t jump out of the water because the edge was too high.
“I would see them struggling to get out and I would see them drown right before my eyes,” Barbara Smock said. She first approached the city about the issue in 2015 but was ignored. Now she has PETA behind here and the change was made.
When PETA contacted the city on the resident’s behalf, they took swift action. Because the babies were too small to fly or jump over the canal’s cement edges, they decided to remedy the problem.
The new wooden ramps have been installed near Vermont Street near the Canal Street Apartments.
Watch the video report below to see the adorable ramps. As the news anchor says, they are “very sweet.”
PETA stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and is the largest animals rights group in the world.
According to their website: “PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: in the food industry, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of rodents, birds, and other animals who are often considered “pests” as well as cruelty to domesticated animals.”
Besides getting involved with local governments to help institute positive change, PETA also “works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.”
PETA continues: “Since 1980, PETA has campaigned to establish a global society in which humans consider the needs of what Henry Beston, noted American writer and naturalist of the mid-20th century, so beautifully called “the other nations.” We uphold the rights of individual animals to be respected. For most, that means simply leaving them alone.
“In today’s world of virtually unlimited choices, animal exploitation is simply unacceptable. We can eat better, educate ourselves better, clothe ourselves better, and entertain ourselves better without torturing and killing animals.”
What do you think about these little duckling ramps? Do you think this is a nice way to support animal rights?
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