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Stop the State-Sanctioned Killing of Connecticut's Monk Parakeets

November 17, 2005 | Monk Parakeet

Connecticut's United Illuminating Company in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture has started destroying Monk Parakeet nests and gassing the birds living there.

The bulk of the killings are currently being undertaken in West Haven, but will soon spread to Milford, Stratford, Bridgeport and beyond. The $125,000 program, supported by both Connecticut's Department of Environmental Protection and Connecticut's Audubon Society, targets 103 nests throughout the state.

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Friends of Animals condemns the program: "This should get people enraged," said President Priscilla Feral. "These bright green birds delight many people, should not be harmed, and should be considered as a replacement for our extinct Carolina Parakeet. The DEP has long wanted to kill any animals that are not native, as if we ourselves are natives."

Many of these South American birds, brought to the United States more three decades ago, escaped and settled along Connecticut's coast. Their large, intricate nests, which they often build on utility poles are said to be a hazard to public safety. Yet the electric company only notes two incidents where nests were found at the site of a fire.

The USDA's agents who kill birds and animals at taxpayer's expense for private industry, plan to use Connecticut's program as a test case. If successful, the agency may start using similar draconian measures in other states.

Please call for an end to the sanctioned extermination of these in birds that is being subsidized by taxpayers and customers of the utility company.

Contact:

The United Illuminating Company
UIL Holdings Corporation
157 Church Street
P.O. Box 1564
New Haven, CT 06506

Nathaniel Woodson, Chairman of the Board and CEO
nathaniel.woodson@uinet.com
Phone: 203 926-4637
Fax: 203-499-3286

USDA, Massachusetts/ Rhode Island/ Connecticut
Monte Chandler
monte.d.chandler@aphis.usda.gov
463 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
(413)-253-2403

The Connecticut Audubon Society
Milan Bull
2325 Burr Street
Fairfield, CT 06824
203-259-6305, ext 113
mbull@ctaudubon.org

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Wildlife Division
Dale May
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106-5127
860-424-3011
dale.may@po.state.ct.us

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PLEASE STOP THE KILLING OF THESE HARMLESS LITTLE ANIMALS THAT IS NOT EVEN COOL THATS LIKE KILLING ANIMALS

Sir I am a breeder In Anniston Alabama. I would be more than happy to take and raise any and all Quakers you can save at my cost for shipping. Understand that they will be breed and I will start as many col. as I can get going. thank you [Blog editors' note: At Friends of Animals, we hope to discourage the concept that any animals should be treated as livestock. Parrots, like all conscious beings, have an interest in not being shipped and bred, just as they have an interest in not being gassed by a utility company. We respect that interest, and are working to see that the birds can be free to go about their business in safety right here in Connecticut. ]

WHY ARE YOU (UI) KILLING MONK PARAKEETS!?AM MAD AT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE KILLING THEM. WOULD YOU LIKE IT IF THEY KILLED YOU ?WHAT DID THEY EVER DID TO YOU!?WHAT ,DID THEY HIT YOU,DID THEY PUNCH YOU?WHAT DID THEY DO TO YOU?

I live in Greece and since October of 2006 I live with a sweet Monk Parakeet. When I took him (I've named him Paco but I don't know whether "he" is male or female) he was baby. I brought him up as he was my child! I loved him so much and so does he! He speaks to me, he sings with me and when I call him to come he is coming and climbing on me! I really went shocked with the things I read, happening there and I can't believe this unbelievable murder that takes place there! I really didn't knew anything about those things and I don't know in which way I could (if I could help) but I'm really dissapointed! For once again Man shows his "power" to innocent small creatures who don't harm him! But the only thing that he is managing at last is to kill himself slowly... WE KILL OURSELVES! FIND A BETTER SOLUTION, YOU "SMART" MURDERERS!!!!

why are you killing these beautiful birds. Who gives you the right who lives and dies. try using some other methods that wont hurt any animal. Try using some fencing around the transformers or go out and build some bird houses near there and put the nest in them. your method of destroying our wildlife makes me sick to my stomach. remember the only species that is a nuisance is MAN!. sincerely lynn

Just wanted to share that you have my support in fighting United Illuminating. I am the son of Dr. Frank in Westport the veterinarian not to be confused, and I am also running for the CT State legislature. When I learned that UI and Dobson were killing animals I took offense to it and made it part of my agenda to protect not just birds but all animals. I would love to take part in any activities you have up in NH county if any, and also hear your thoughts on how I can help be part of the solution. Thanks for all that you guys do, you are the voice of those who cannot speak! Rocco J. Frank Jr.

Born in Ct, I am appalled to hear of such irresponsible and primitive behavior. Whoever instituted this grant should be exiled from US soil and the program canceled! Another cheap lobbyist selling us out as I have experienced first hand. Is this still going on?

Hi i am from singapore. my previous school had an aviary. the main display: monk parakeets. they are lovely creatures who are just as intelligent. please please please stop this SENSELESS slaughter if it is still going on. did you see what happened to the lovely carolina parakeets or the passenger pigeons? does america hope to lose another bird species?

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