From Animal Defenders of Westchester (ADOW)

We advocate on all animal protection and exploitation issues, including experimentation, factory farming, rodeos, breeders and traveling animal acts.

Modernize methods for owl control

Letter as published in Lohud.com
16 December 2013

Re “Arctic snowy owls expand range; Birds not issue at Westchester airport so far,” Dec. 12 article:

Although I’m glad that no snowy owls were shot at Westchester Airport, it is unacceptable and outrageous that any birds are killed at any airport — especially in this day and age. Technology has exploded in the last 20 years: Our automobiles respond to voice commands; GPS tracks our whereabouts; the Internet is on our cellphones; robots clean our floors.

This is one of the richest countries in the world. Technology exists and is being used in other countries to avoid bird strikes — and the most creative thing we can come up with is shooting birds out of the sky? The fact is, we invaded their airspace, not the other way around.

The abuse and exploitation of animals must stop — whether it’s animals being tortured for antiquated medical experiments, or elephants forced to stand on tiny stools for fear of a bullhook beating, or birds who have the audacity to fly in the sky — as they have every right to do, but are shot or gassed due to government avarice and ineptitude.

Kiley Blackman

The writer is founder of Westchester4Geese

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