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Should 80-year-old “Bird Lady” go to jail for feeding her neighborhood’s ducks?

An 80-year-old old Massachusetts woman is willing to go to jail rather than quit feeding the ducks at a pond near her house. She says she worries about the health of her feathered friends — particularly during the winter when they have little to eat.

“Claire Butcher says she’s only trying to make sure that a group of domestic ducks that made Flax Pond their home have enough to eat as the cold weather approaches,” writes Jeff McMenemy in the Lynn Daily Item newspaper.

Claire Butcher


She says that’s why she recently resumed feeding the birds — in violation of a city ordinance and a No Trespass Order she agreed to in 2009, according to City Attorney Vincent Phelan.

Police told ABC News that they intend to charge her with trespassing and violation of a city ordinance after a woman saw her feeding the birds recently, according to court documents.

“Here I am, an 80-year-old woman and they’re treating me like a criminal,” she told McMenemy while she feeding the ducks as well as some local geese at the pond.

She acknowledges being cited multiple times for violating the city’s ordinance, which forbids people from feeding wild geese, ducks or “other wildlife that may congregate” on or about the local Sluice Pond, Flax Pond or Goldfish Pond.

The penalty is $100 per offense.

Asked if she’s worried that she will be fined, Butcher laughed and said,

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  • http://Leavthe80yroleLadyalone Myrna Stout

    What is the matter with you ?
    If that is all you have to do, I think it would be time to VOTE YOU OUT OF OFFICE, as Get real and look the other way , Would you like some one pick on your Mother. I wished my Mother was here to talk to.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment steve

    the cops should go to jail thay arr worthless

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment sandra

    Who ever heard of anything like that the laws in the US has gone crazy if you didn’t feed then you would be letting them go hungry this is the US lets get back in the real world and enjoy life

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment BARBARA

    Not NO but Hell NO! Put those accusers in jail for bullying this lady. How petty can one be?

  • http://None Patsy Davis

    NO, the lady who is feeding the birds SHOULD NOT GO TO JAIL!!! She is doing her Christian duty in trying to keep God’s animals alive and I commend her for it!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Anthony

    Sounds like they have a lot of “Quacks* on the city council…..

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