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80-year-old woman charged for feeding ducks

By T.K. Randall
December 12, 2011 · Comment icon 29 comments

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Claire Butcher faces a possible jail sentence for bringing food to her local park to feed the animals.
Officials had previously warned the 80-year-old due to laws prohibiting the feeding of animals multiple times following complaints from members of the public who saw her take whole shopping trolleys full of food to her local park in Massachusetts. "Being an animal lover, I couldn't leave any animals to starve to death," she said. Now officials are threatening that if she doesn't stop she could be charged or even given a prison sentence. "I will be the first 80-year-old woman in the world who was thrown in jail for feeding the animals," she laughed.
Town officials have filed criminal charges against Claire Butcher after she repeatedly violated a local ordinance that prohibits feeding the birds. But Butcher couldnít seem to stay away from her winged friends and has been charged with violating a 2009 No Tresspass Order that prohibited her from visiting local parks.

Source: ABC News | Comments (29)

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Comment icon #20 Posted by RoadMaster04 11 years ago
To All who posted, it is bad for the Woman, Yet I live in Tennessee where all Ducks & Geese fly through, Duck & Goose seasion are in now & hunters look for a easy kill, I seen what I call "Pet Ducks & Geese" here on the Animal resurve here where I live, get shot and other ways of killing them, just for waddiling up to a hunter for food, If you love the Animals (Do Not Feed Them!!!!) So it is up to you!!!!!!! A land owner here on the water was feeding a whole lot of Dusks & Geese, more than 100, when seasion started what he did not know was hunters had built blinds just over... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by Persia 11 years ago
Poor Ducks, They will probably sell them to American-Chinese restaurants.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Jerry Only 11 years ago
I think the ducks are gonna be alright. Feeding bread to ducks is bad for them anyway. Not doing them any favor feeding it to them. I can understand it makes her feel good, but should let them eat their natural food.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Still Waters 11 years ago
Feeding ducks is very common for kids and adults. This woman clearly enjoys doing it and it probably makes her day. I admire her spirit, however in this case she should have listened to previous warnings when told not to and it would saved things going this far. The charges are way too heavy handed though, ridiculous.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Spid3rCyd3 11 years ago
Poor Ducks, They will probably sell them to American-Chinese restaurants. Only after they run out of Chihuahuas.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Lady_Mercury 11 years ago
Uhmm, can't wait to see a law "not allowed to feed starving people" to be created... Yeah, because then they follow you home
Comment icon #26 Posted by The Unseen 11 years ago
Ok I might catch a little flack from this but she had been band from the parks for doing what the City says not to,I'm no bleeding heart but she is and should get a jail sentence for breaking the law that was written in that city, How stupid is she? they told her more than enough times and written her enough tickets to keep her away,so what if she is 80 years old do the crime and do the time, I know the law sounds stupid but here's the Catch..It's the LAW !!!!Cry all you want ,say a few B & F words but the Old bag was warned too many times,If I was an Officer that had to go arrest her I wo... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by The Unseen 11 years ago
Only after they run out of Chihuahuas. Hey hey Chinese arn't the ones who eat dogs, the Koreans in Korea do.Chinese do make a good Pekin Duck,Not sure if I spelled that right LOL.
Comment icon #28 Posted by SewerRat 11 years ago
No, you didn't spell it right. It's 'PEKING' but they renamed it Beijing some years ago in any case. Incidentally, the Chinese aren't the only people to enjoy eating duck - it's very popular in western restaurants too.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Preist 11 years ago
It's a fact of nature you eat you crap no two ways about it passing a law stopping you feeding ducks will not stop them dropping a load on your nicely washed car and throwing a 80 year old woman in jail for it won't stop the birds from craping surely the police have more important laws to uphold like catching rapists or murders in Britain we encourage people to feed the wild life the kids and the oldies love it

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