Target: Jane Robinson, Administrator at Heartland Cardiology
Goal: Urge Heartland Cardiology to stop poisoning unwanted birds on its property.
When the bird population on its property began to grow, Heartland Cardiology turned to avian pesticides—or avicides—to control the bird population. However, avicides are a dangerous, controversial, and largely ineffective method of eliminating unwanted birds. Sign the petition and urge Heartland Cardiology to find a safer, more humane, and more effective method of controlling the bird population on its property.
According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), “avicides are often falsely touted as harmless ‘flock dispersing agents,’ when, in fact, they are extraordinarily cruel poisons, attacking and impairing nervous systems and causing disorientation, erratic flight, tremors, and convulsions before an agonizing death.” There is no way to control whether the bait is picked up by the birds it is meant to kill or by other birds or animals, and any animals that eat poisoned birds are subject to the same kinds of effects.
In addition to being simply inhumane, the poison’s effects can prove disturbing to any people who come across dying, suffering birds. And even after all these horrible side effects, the poison may not even accomplish the job it sets out to do: as the unwanted bird population dies off, it is simply replaced by other birds who move in to fill the new gap in the ecosystem.
There are countless methods of bird population control that are more humane, safe, and effective. Sign the petition and urge Heartland Cardiology to pursue a different method of controlling the unwanted birds on its property.
Dear Ms. Robinson,
Although unwanted bird populations can certainly cause problems for property owners, avian pesticides—or avicides—cause more harm than good. I urge Heartland Cardiology to stop its use of avicides and to pursue more humane, safe, and effective methods of controlling bird populations.
The manner in which avicides kill birds is horrific–the birds suffer tremors, disorientation, and seizures before succumbing to death. This unnecessary suffering is not only inhumane, but also upsetting to any people who witness it. Furthermore, the poison kills indiscriminately; while it may get rid of “pest” birds like pigeons, it also harms other birds and animals that either eat the poison themselves or consume birds whose bodies have been tainted by the avicide.
Finally, avicides do not effectively address the problem at hand; when unwanted birds are killed, other birds simply move in to take their place, taking advantage of the new imbalance in the food chain and lack of competition for resources. Thus the poison becomes part of a never-ending, self-perpetuating system.
There are many alternative methods for keeping bird populations in check. I urge you to seek a more humane method of controlling unwanted bird populations, one that will work in both the long- and short-term and that will consider the safety of both humans and animals in the area.
[Your Name Here]
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