Renee Patton Posted about 2 years ago Why do people still feed wildlife and waterfowl, especially when it's illegal? Well, first of all, let's be clear about this: feeding a wild animal is not an automatic death sentence. For that matter, we have murdered many more animals by destroying their habitat than by feeding them. I think if we have done enough damage to their natural food sources, then we owe it to them to feed them, until said sources can be rebuilt or replenished, or we have killed them anyway by starvation. That's not to say we should feed them food that would give them diseases, or to feed them human food, which would be inappropriate. Second, people feed wild animals because they feel an empathic need to care for others, not just other humans. That's a positive trait, and it stems from a kind heart, not a stupid brain. Educating people on the dangers you know about--specifically regarding contaminated or inappropriate food--would be a positive first step in bringing about the change you desire. I am a wildlife photographer, and I don't usually feed wild animals. I just use my zoom lens to get a good shot; no coaxing or feeding necessary. Don't underestimate the potential of wild animal photography to have a positive effect on people; it can inspire people to care about those wild animals, perhaps care enough to do something about preserving their natural habitat.