Colorado City Becomes a Bird Sanctuary

October 2002

Thanks to a committed team of activists and PETA, pigeons and many other birds in Boulder, Colorado, will no longer suffer and die at the hands of humans. On October 1, the Boulder City Council voted unanimously to pass an ordinance declaring the city a bird sanctuary that protects all wild birds. Migratory songbirds are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, but the Boulder ordinance protects birds left off the federal list, such as pigeons, English house sparrows, and certain kinds of starlings, cowbirds, blackbirds, grackles, and geese.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind