There is definitely something wrong with ANYONE who so carelessly espouses taking the life of any living creature because it in some way inconveniences him/her. To take that animal away from its family, its home, its existence, is beyond selfish and cruel. It is the worst kind of human arrogance. That animal has its own society within its species, its family and mate, its flock or herd, that it enjoys, and a place in this world where it should be able to live in peace. It has a right to be, not in the trendy, changing way of a contract with a politician that can be altered at whim but in the highest sense of the term "right to be."
"Love animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble their joy, don't harrass them, don't deprive them of their happiness, don't work against God's intent. Man, do not pride yourself on superiority to animals; they are without sin, and you, with your greatness, defile the earth by your apppearance on it, and leave the traces of your foulness after you - alas, it is true of almost every one of us." Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)
Prospect Park is becoming more like Excellent Prospects for Death in the Park.
I cannot understand the logic of flying planes lower. Aside from the insanity of the bird killings and the bogus attempts to terrorize people into hating birds to justify a mass slaughter because "they're gonna kill ya when they smash into your airplane", the entire public ought to be up in arms over this low-flying plane crap. If there is anything that goes wrong with any of those planes, flying them lower means they are much more likely to crash in a neighborhood, and there is far less time and altitude for the pilot to react to avoid such a crash. The noise will be awful, and you don't even want to think what could happen if there should be a terrorist or other nutjob onboard that isn't weeded out at the airport X-ray area. It is fascinating to me that when we find a terrorist on a plane - a sick creep with a BOMB who fully intended to blow up an entire plane full of people, we don't give this monster the death penalty, but we have somehow accepted an irrational jihad against beautiful, natural, innocent birds that inspired us to fly in the first place, and think nothing of slaughtering entire flocks of them. That's simply wrong.
As for killing birds to prevent airstrikes, that's just a moneymaker for the USDA - they will do nothing but kill birds endlessly while you keep footing the bills like a bunch of schmucks. A smarter solution is bird-detecting radar and migration mapping and the minor rerouting of aircraft to avoid bird patterns. If bird-strikes are really the problem they are made out to be - and the fact is, they are a problem of property damage (to the planes), NOT of loss of life - the only answer is in technology. Europe does this with much success so I don't understand why we do NOT. Oh wait, I forgot. The money.
Where is the environmental impact study? Where is ANY study supporting that resident flocks have the slightest thing to do with air hazard? Hint: You won't find such a study because: A) they DON'T pose a problem, and B) no study was ever done. Geese actually account for a very VER small percentage of air strikes. But gee, the Feds - the USDA killing squads - sure make a tidy profit killing innocent geese, from your tax dollars. Guess that's why they're shoving this ridiculous plot down everyone's throats instead of using the only sensible solutions to bird-airplane strikes: use of BIRD RADAR and mapping migration routes. Funny, Europe doesn't have a similar problem - because they use bird radar and map migration routes. The U.S. government that can't seem to do anything right (health care, economy, endless wars...)now has your air safety in its hands. And their genius solution is killing birds. Yeah. Right. Be afraid. Be very very afraid. And, oh yeah - start taking the bus.
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