Pros of not being able to feed the ducks at Waller Park

Hayden Umphenour, Reporter

To feed or not to feed? California residents have had to fight for the right to feed ducks residing in local parks. Although this has been an activity which parents and their children have shared for generations, people are starting to take a deeper look into the effects carbs have on these cute and cuddly creatures.


A spokeswoman for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds told The Guardian in 2015,

“White bread in particular has no real nutritional value, so while birds may find it tasty, the danger is that they will fill up on it instead of other foods that could be more beneficial to them”.


By not feeding ducks in our local parks, we are able to keep them on the right track with their diet, and not cause them to obtain harmful diseases which can make them sick, and in turn kill them.


Not only does feeding the ducks promote many health issues for them, it also affects the park experience for visitors. The ducks can become dependent on humans, along with overfilled ponds smelling of rotting food, which in turn makes the park experience unenjoyable. By not feeding the ducks at Waller Park, we are improving the park experience for the ducks that live there and the people who visit it.


While this activity has created joy throughout many years, it is becoming a serious health hazard for these animals, and the people around them.