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Birds Freed From Death Traps

Written by PETA | September 14, 2009
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Kansas State Bird

One hot, humid afternoon in July, I was apartment hunting and checking out an old factory in Brooklyn that was undergoing renovation for loft rentals. As I entered the bathroom in one unlit, unfinished space, two pigeons flapped frantically in the darkness—apparently they were as startled by my presence as I was by theirs. The birds had found a way into the building but were unable to get out because the windows had been boarded up.

After tearing a board off a window, I managed to catch and release each of the frightened birds. Both of them paused on the scaffolding outside to allow their eyes to adjust to the bright sunshine and to take in fresh air before flying off into the distance. If I hadn’t helped them out of that stifling, sawdust-filled space, they surely would have succumbed to the searing heat, as well as hunger and thirst.

Around that same time, a similar situation was unfolding in a small, rural town in Kansas. A distraught resident called PETA to report that countless birds were roasting to death in a dilapidated building that the city had recently boarded up. With summer temperatures climbing, we immediately contacted city officials and urged them to take action for the birds, but the person we spoke with told us that the city had bigger problems to deal with. Um, wrong answer.

We raced to place an action alert on our Web site, and we fired off a letter to city commissioners. Realizing that PETA and our caring members weren’t going to back down, city officials acted. Less than 24 hours after our initial contact, the fire and police departments were sent to rescue the surviving birds. They provided them with water and tore holes in the roof to create escape routes and ventilation.

By not turning a blind eye to animal suffering, and by making a call to PETA, one “little bird” prompted the rescue of countless others from certain death.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Susan T says:

    Wonderful retort Diana! BRAVO!!! And to all of you who encounter “religious” types who continue to denegrate peoples’ acts of compassion to helpless creatures I always quote the words of Jesus Himself “Whatever you do to the least of these you do to me.” ALL life is precious in the Creator’s eyes! Bless those who cared enough to act. They are unsung heroes!

  • Isa de Luca says:

    Okay it’s fine but hunting is also bad!

  • Carla says:

    My daughters and I rescued a poor squirell that was running around in circle.. he had been hit by a car and had survived. I blocked him with my car and got honks from angry drivers.. to Fu….ing bad.. go around me I thought!!!!!! Someone else stopped and offered me a box and a blanket. We managed to get the little guy into the box and we drove for over an hour to find an open Vet or animal hospital. We found one and they took him willingly. Me and my daughters probably saved his life. Real people are those whom take the time out to save our animals. I felt so good after I did this and so did my daughters. We love you too Peta and keep up the good work !!!!

  • Diana says:

    a few months ago i drove over an hour to a bird rehab center to take an injured pigeon! when i told people about their reaction was so sad they said i was crazy that there are million of pigeons so my answer was well there are million of people it doent mean if one is injured just let it die!! they didnt know what to say!!!! animals are as important as humans!!

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Great news whenever birds are liberated from dire confinement. It’s even more unsettling to ponder the dreadful reality that snares and traps set by humans cripple torture and painfully kill millions of innocent animals every year.

  • Shallu says:

    Great to hear that!!!!

  • Chuck Piorkowski says:

    How fair is it to take an animal that can fly and put it in a cage or keep it as a pet? That is like not allowing a human to walk.

  • simara delilah rose says:

    that is a real act of heroism I am happy to hear of this thank you