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Scheme Would Mean an Agonizing Death for Countless Birds
and Do Nothing to Control the Pigeon Population, Warns Group
For Immediate Release:October 18, 2012
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Hannibal, Mo. -- This morning, PETA sent an urgent letter to Hannibal Mayor
Roy Hark, City Manager Jeff LaGarce, and the Hannibal City Council urging them
to cancel the ill-conceived plan to have an exterminator poison pigeons on a
massive scale by putting the poison Avitrol in bait stations on the rooftops of
several city buildings. In its letter, PETA points out that Avitrol causes
intense pain, convulsions, and an agonizing death as birds topple off buildings
or crash to the ground in mid-flight. PETA also explains that as long as
conditions remain attractive to pigeons and food is available to them, more
birds will simply move in to fill the void left by those who are killed—often
resulting in an increase in the pigeon population.
"If Hannibal officials have decided that poisoning is
the best way to control the pigeon population, they simply haven't done their
homework," says PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations
Daphna Nachminovitch. "It's unconscionable that the city would subject
birds to agony and its own citizens to the spectacle of having to watch birds
convulse in the streets when humane, proven, and cost-effective measures are
PETA also points out that the reported $4,280 total cost of
the plan to city taxpayers would be better spent on proven, nonlethal methods
of bird control—including a citywide ban on feeding wildlife.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
PETA's letter to Hannibal Mayor Roy Hark follows:
October 18, 2012
To: The Honorable Mayor
Roy Hark, City of Hannibal City Manager Jeff LaGarce, City of Hannibal Hannibal City Council
From: Kristin Simon,
Senior Cruelty Caseworker, PETA
Re: Bird poison
PETA is an international animal protection organization with
more than 3 million members and supporters globally. Our headquarters has
received complaints from area residents who are concerned because the City of
Hannibal plans to use poison to kill unwanted birds. Respectfully, the use of
avicides (bird poisons) is extremely cruel. They attack and impair the nervous
system, causing disorientation, erratic flight, tremors, and convulsions before
an agonizing death. Pest-control companies
often misleadingly describe Avitrol (a commonly used avicide) as a
"harmless flock-dispersing agent," while in fact, it is a notorious poison that causes immeasurable
suffering. Furthermore, Hannibal residents will be horrified to witness
convulsing, dying birds falling from the sky and nearby rooftops if poison is
Please know that removing or
killing birds will only backfire. A spike in the food supply results, and this
prompts accelerated breeding among survivors and newcomers. You will see
increased populations. The key is to make areas unattractive or inaccessible and to target food sources. We
suggest the following tried and true methods:
We stand ready to advise further regarding widely employed
methods that are successful at keeping birds away permanently. May we hear from
On behalf of our thousands of members and supporters in
Missouri, thank you for your consideration.
Kristin SimonSenior Cruelty CaseworkerCruelty Investigations Department
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