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Animals In Print
The On-Line Newsletter

21 January 2001 Issue

BIRD "REPELLENT" CAUSES SUFFERING AND DEATH

Tanglefoot. What is it?

Editors note: The following claim by the makers of Tanglefoot is absurd and deceptive. Once an unfortunate bird lands on a surface coated with Tanglefoot it doesn't get a second chance to change its mind. It is doomed. The makers of this product claim: "Birds don't like the sticky texture of Tanglefoot and find other places to land or roost."

Tanglefoot is referred to as an "adhesive contaminant." The gooey substance destroys a birds feathers, therefore, destroying its life. Feathers are a bird's sole protection against the elements. Without feathers in good condition a bird cannot fly and falls prey to cats or other predators; Without feathers, a bird cannot keep warm in the winter nor cool in the summer. Glue boards and Tanglefoot contain Polybutenes for stickiness. Polybutenes may not be toxic to humans, but can harm the unique and delicate systems of birds.

The company who makes the product claims: "Tanglefoot Bird Repellent is a nondrying, non-toxic compound or paste that adheres to all types of surfaces while remaining sticky."

Wildlife rehabilitation centers will tell you it's a dreadful product which causes great suffering, incapacitating wildlife, necessitating immediate first aid intervention. Animals with "Tanglefoot" on their feet and/or bodies have leaves and other substances stuck to the gluey mixture, which they cannot remove themselves. The animals get the "Tanglefoot" onto their beaks and in their mouths, causing them to suffocate or slowly starve or dehydrate to death.

WRITE TO THE MAKERS OF 'TANGLEFOOT.' LET THEM KNOW THEIR HORRIBLE PRODUCT IS UNACCEPTABLE AND THAT YOU DO NOT SUPPORT ANIMAL ABUSE AND SUFFERING:

Contech Enteprises Inc.
http://www.contech-inc.com/products/
Unit 115 - 19 Dallas Road
Victoria, BC V8V 5A6 Canada
phone (800) 767-8658

HOW TO HELP A TANGLEFOOT VICTIM:

Vegetable oil is always a good product to remove many toxic materials from animals' furs, feathers, skins...

Or you can try these methods:

You will need large container GO-JO hand cleaner, 3 small bottles Dawn dishwashing detergent, a container that can hold two gallons of water, 1 bottle Pepto-bismol. (The pink stuff for stomach aches) 1 eyedropper that measures in CCs (can get from pharmacy), a few towels, warm place to put the birds after cleaning. You will need someone to help you.

Before you begin to clean the bird, get some pepto-bismol and give it just 1cc of the pepto. You will need an eye dropper to measure this small amount. This will protect the bird's stomach from the poison.

Prepare a container of warm, soapy water. Add one half bottle of dawn detergent to one gallon of the warm water. It must be ready for rinsing bird after it has been cleaned with GO JO. Put the soapy water to one side of working area.

Now it is time to begin cleaning the bird. YOU WILL NEED SOMEONE TO HOLD THE BIRDS HEAD AT ALL TIMES--A MUST!! You must apply the GO JO to the bird starting from the crown of head and working down to the tail. DO NOT APPLY THE GO JO FROM TAIL TO HEAD-- WORK THE GO JO OVER THE BIRD "HEAD TO TAIL." This is very important. Again, APPLY FROM HEAD DOWN TO TAIL.

Get the GO JO in everyplace involved. After you have this on the bird make sure the bird doesn't turn it's head to preen--it must not get any GO JO in mouth. Someone must hold the birds head so it cannot turn around-keep head forward. A must!!!! Leave this on the bird for 5 minutes and then it is time to rinse with warm soapy water.

You need to get a that gallon container of warm soapy water. Mix the water and soap then place bird in water. Once again, hold the birds` head so it cannot get anything in it's mouth or eyes. Swirl the water with your hands and splash the bird, working head to tail try to gently remove every shred of this Tanglefoot. After you have done this you must rinse the bird with warm water. This step is very important. You must make sure that all soap is off of bird. If not it will lose its ability to repel water and die.

Before you get the bird in a warm place-guess what? Do it all over again--that is right--you must now clean the whole bird again exactly as you just did. Follow all steps and continue to be careful. After you have cleaned the bird the second time and rinsed it thoroughly, head to tail. Now the bird should be almost dry. If you got all soap off it should be slightly wet. Finally, place bird in warm place--it must be kept warm.

Watch the bird for 24 hours--if it appears to be okay you can release it-if there is blood or tarry stuff in its stool bring to a vet immediately.

Note--Do not release the bird(s) anywhere near where they got into this Tanglefoot. They will fly right back to the same place again and probably die. Release them "far away."

Tanglefoot is referred to as an "adhesive contaminant." The gooey substance destroys a birds feathers, therefore, destroying its life. Feathers are a bird's sole protection against the elements. Without feathers in good condition a bird cannot fly and falls prey to cats or other predators; without feathers, a bird cannot keep warm in the winter nor cool in the summer. Glue boards and Tanglefoot contain polybutenes for the stickiness. Polybutenes may not be toxic to humans, but can harm the unique and delicate systems of birds.


Info. from: Betty, FlipperWuzaSlave, L, J, Chris - Thank you!


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