Kevin? I mean this in the nicest possible way...
Stop dissing your posts and yourself. If people don't want to read long posts, they won't - I read them because I like reading them and I CHOSE to spend my time reading them; please don't flagellate yourself over it.
Now, I have no answers re. all your duck questions, but re. animal ethics, we observe behavior that we as humans can relate to in ourselves. Koko and her sign language (and her kitten(s)), elephants' capacity to mourn their dead, etc. We still are pretty egocentric as a species, but there seem to be movements underway to respect other species a bit better than before
Time for moar coffee!
Mono, in an LTR with Chops
Chops (previously known as 'P'):
partner and best friend. Poly. In LTRs with me and Xena, and dating Noa.
Xena (previously known as M1):
My metamour, Poly. Also in an LTR with Chops. Dating Noa and Noa's husband, and some others.
Noa (previously AG):
Dating Chops and Xena (individually).
My navel-gazing blog thread:
A Mono's Journey Into Poly-Land (or, "Aw hell, there's no road map?!")