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Q: Bird poisoning

January 28, 2009 | By Liz C. | 8 answers | Expired: 2016 days ago

Liz C.

Recently, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture sanctioned the poisoning of hundreds of birds. The result was hundreds of birds dropped from the sky in Somerset County, NJ. If a local citizen did this on their own, they would undoubtedly have been charged with animal cruelty. Is this ok (i.e., HUMANE) just because the Govt. Ok'd it?

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Chitown
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Jan 29, 2009

I, too, would like to know under what authority the federal government can conduct a mass poisoning to benefit apparently only one farmer. Agriculture is a huge, powerful lobby in our country. The USDA all too often is in service to the lobbyists of agribusinesses, at the expense of small farmers, the public, the environment,and animals.

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Pia S.
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Jan 28, 2009

Yes, read M.S. Drambuie's journal of yesterday. She had a good thought on this. Terrible, isn't it?

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Denise L.
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Jan 28, 2009

This is very cruel & not to mention, unsafe! I'm sure that there are many predators that would eat these dead birds & end up dying fromt he poison...absolutely disgusting!

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