The poignant saga delving into the grievous tragedy of dead ducks in Lincoln Park [July 23] was actually encouraging. Amidst the throes and controversy emerged unanimous concern for the graceful creatures. If more people rightfully focused on animal-welfare issues, a momentous coalition could be motivated to implore legislators to recognize the importance of these ordeals. A major impetus entails the necessity of finally deeming animal abuse and cruelty as felonies warranting harrowing incarceration. No mammal, fish, bird, or reptile should be subjected to heinous mistreatment. The sad reality of hapless ducks perishing provides a foundation for advocates to galvanize and seek legal protection for all sentient species.