ST. PAUL, Minn.
…Scott D. Clark, a guest at the Embassy Suites Hotel in St. Paul, cornered the [ tame duck that lived in a hotel lobby’s ornamental pond ] early Saturday morning, grabbed the bird and ripped its head from its body while a hotel security guard and others watched, police said…
“He was allegedly drunk,” Wuorinen said.
Tim Shields, general counsel with the Minnesota Federated Humane Societies … said…
“I think Embassy Suites needs to take another look at this and review how they keep ducks safe, or use fish like most hotels would use,”
I just sent a fax to Mr Shields… I’m looking for Embassy Suites contact info now…
Minnesota Federated Humane Societies
6613 Penn Ave. S., Ste. 100
Richfield, MN 55423
Lee C. Sonko
I recently read your comment about the extremely unfortunate incident at the Embassy Suites Hotel in St. Paul.
“I think Embassy Suites needs to take another look at this and review how they keep ducks safe, or use fish like most hotels would use,” Shields said. (http://www.boston.com/news/odd/articles/2007/09/23/police_man_beheads_tame_hotel_duck/)
I must assume that your remark was taken wildly out of context. I cannot comprehend what you mean by the statement as it stands. Are we to keep ducks behind bullet proof glass windows from now on for fear of snipers? The ducks in this hotel, and in many hotels around the world, have done perfectly well for countless years much to the benefit of the ducks and people that appreciate them. The only fault lies in the person that chased and killed the poor animal. He is solely to blame. Otherwise, are we to take your comment to its logical conclusion and outlaw all places where ducks and humans might interact?
It would be a terrible shame if hotels were persuaded by your comment to keep people away from animals because of this one unfortunate event, which was perpetrated by one person.
Thank you for your time,