Las Vegas Apartment Complex Stops Poisoning Pigeons

January 2001

PETA received several complaints from residents at the Cypress Springs Apartment complex in Las Vegas about the use of Avitrol to poison pigeons. While the Avitrol Corporation claims that the product is a bird-dispersing agent, Avitrol is actually a potent poison that causes extremely painful deaths in birds and other animals who ingest a lethal dose. Residents at the apartment complex reported seeing birds screaming and fluttering during slow, agonizing deaths. We immediately sent a letter to the community managers asking them to stop poisoning pigeons and rely instead on humane bird-control methods. The following day, residents of Cypress Springs called to report that the poisoning program had been canceled.

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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