Airport needs humane wildlife control
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.

Airport needs humane wildlife control

Letter as published on The Journal News
September 6, 2016

Animal advocates have been very successful in providing education about peaceful coexistence with wildlife and humane deterrents that avoid cruel, needless slaughter, to businesses and municipalities in Westchester except the airportwhere, like other New York airports, they continue using taxpayer monies to contract with USDA Wildlife Services.

This controversial agency uses antiquated, inferior methods like firecrackers and killing wildlife. Though we demonstrated modern, superior, highly effective methods to airport officials and received their stated promise to upgrade and incorporate new technology two years later they continue contracting with Wildlife Services, despite continued collisions and they are in violation of FAA regulations requiring open bidding for wildlife management jobs.

The upcoming film "Sully" depicts the Miracle on the Hudson story; but be advised, the hero pilot, Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, denounces wildlife slaughter, favoring updated methods for airline safety and cautions that the incident will happen again if current methods continue, according to a 2013 National Geographic article, "Bloody Skies: The Fight to Reduce Deadly Bird-Plane Collision."

Something is wrong when we use technology for everything except air travel, instead relying on Wildlife Services' backwards, pathetic explosives and killing. For the safety of the traveling public and humane treatment of animals who have the right to share the earth in peace we urge every airport to incorporate new technology that will dynamically benefit all.

Kiley Blackman

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