No, this is not a type of duck-abuse, it is the strangling of a person. It does have the ring of a duck's swansong though. England, 1600s.
For duck and goose abuse, gavage is the word. The force-feeding of poultry to cause their livers to engorge with fat prior to slaughter is how pate foie gras is made. Don't touch that stuff- there is a special place in hell's farmyard for poultry torturers!
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