Stop the Ruthless Poisoning of Birds


Target: Carl Newman, General Manager of the George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Goal: Stop the inhumane poisoning of birds as a form of pest control

The George Bush Intercontinental Airport has begun dispersing a deadly poison to nearby birds in attempts to repel them from the runways. Though some claim the poison is a safe deterrent, the slow, horrific deaths of hundreds of birds that ingested the chemicals speak to the contrary. Not only is this form of pest control extremely vile, it is ultimately ineffective.

Animal rights group PETA states the drug being administered, called Avitrol, “Attacks and impairs the nervous system, causing disorientation, erratic flight, tremors, convulsions, and a prolonged, agonizing death.” Houston news site “KHOU” aired footage of pigeons squirming with seizure-like symptoms until they finally lay dead and motionless after an hour of suffering. The manufacturer of Avitrol claims it is a harmless agent meant to scatter flocks of birds by frightening them. If this were true, then the agent would not be disguised as corn kernels and deliberately fed to the birds.

Keeping birds off runways is vital to ensuring safe plane landings and take-offs. Nonetheless, killing hundreds of helpless animals is not the way to go about achieving this. The deaths caused by this poison are needless, cruel, and also futile. Exterminating large numbers of birds causes their reproductive rates to spike due to the surplus in food. In turn, this increases the bird population and exacerbates the very problem the airport is trying to fix.

Many companies specialize in humane bird control solutions that are both effective and non-lethal. Urge the airport’s management to pursue safer, successful means of pest control and end the torture of innocent birds.


Dear Mr. Newman,

The George Bush Intercontinental Airport’s protocol for bird control is ruthless and unsettling. News reports indicate that you are intentionally feeding poisonous compounds to the local bird population, resulting in the slow, agonizing deaths of hundreds of birds. Although flight safety is a top priority, there are more humane methods for pursuing pest control.

Causing these birds to suffer for hours until they eventually die is cruel and barbaric. Though the manufacturer of the toxic agent claims it is a harmless bird deterrent, the graphic footage of birds convulsing and writhing in pain shows otherwise. Considering the compound resembles food and is purposely being administered to local birds, it is quite evident you mean to kill these animals in order to keep your runways safe.

Exterminating birds will only cause their numbers to increase. According to ornithological experts, the sudden drop in numbers and the availability of food will cause the birds to reproduce at an accelerated pace. Not only will your problem still exist, you will be faced with even larger quantities of birds than before. If you continue this brutal protocol, you will only succeed in killing thousands of innocent creatures.

Because of this compound’s torturous effects, I urge you to end this form of bird control. Please, pursue effective and nonlethal measures and preserve the lives of these animals.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Achird via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Nick Gerhard says:

    Good message, but he won’t consider it if you don’t offer him a proposal and make the petition more convincing. Using falcons has proved very successfully in preventing birds near airports and planes and has been very effective over in the UK. If you would be interested in researching this topic it may be worthwhile, and defiantly agree poising is a no go.

  2. Robert Pound says:

    It figures that the George Bush airport would resort to poisoning birds rather than using humane methods to control them. For shame!

  3. le manque d empathie pour nos saints frères oiseaux et dirigé par des êtres frustré que sont beaucoup d humains

  4. Veronica-Mae Soar says:

    I second the birds of prey they are very effective at frightening other birds away, for obvious reasons. This should be included in the letter. If you want someone to stop doing something you will be more successful if you offer them a viable alternative

  5. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  6. Virginia Greenwood-Warner says:

    Again I say – why can’t they use Border Collies like they do here in South Africa. The dogs have a great time, loads of exercise and the birds while chased are not harmed at all. Simple logic! Great for the dogs and great for the birds. One could use any energetic breed which needs lots of exercise. Maybe give shelter dogs a chance!!!!

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