Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Birds or Electricity?

Utility, animal rights activists in court over birds' nests
May 25, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Animal rights activists are in court trying to stop the United Illuminating Co. from killing monk parakeets that nest on utility poles.

The long-running battle has landed in New Haven Superior Court. United Illuminating wants a judge to declare Connecticut's monk parakeet population a threat to public health and safety.

It says dozens of power outages have been linked to the nests and that the most effective solution is to capture and kill the birds. Read More

If these nests are interfering with supplying the area with a reliable source of electricity it is absolutely a threat to public safety. Not only that, but it becomes very costly to continually repair the damage from these outages. The safety and well-being of the communities served by this company should come before these birds.

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