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Monk Parakeet Bill Approved by Committee

March 21, 2006 | Monk Parakeet / Legislature
By Ken Dixon, published in the Connecticut Post on March 21, 2006.

Unanimous decision for parrot protection

HARTFORD - With nary a squawk, the Legislature's Environment Committee Monday unanimously approved a bill that would protect southwestern Connecticut's monk parakeet population from eradication. The legislation, approved with no debate, next moves to the House of Representatives, as the General Assembly progresses toward its May 3 adjournment date.

Priscilla Feral, the president of the Darien-based Friends of Animals Inc., was optimistic Monday, but cautioned that there is a lot of time left in the session and that the bill could still be jeopardized.

Rep. Richard Roy, D-Milford, co-chairman of the committee, said the legislation would protect the birds from the type of program used last fall by the United Illuminating Co. to kill 179 birds in 103 nests on utility poles in West Haven, Milford, Stratford and Bridgeport. The measure is included in a larger bill that would prohibit municipalities from euthanizing dogs that had been involved in biting incidents until hearings are held.

In part, the legislation says "no person shall catch or kill or attempt to catch or kill a monk parakeet."

"We're just saying 'don't do it,' " Roy said after the vote. "It's just something we have to do."

Feral said that if the bill becomes law, it could result in the Friends of Animals withdrawing a pending lawsuit against UI that was filed in an attempt to protect the birds, which have found the utility poles attractive to build their stick nests that house multiple generations of the feisty birds.

"We look forward to the Legislature doing the right thing," Feral said...

Comments

Connecticut residents should please now write their State. Rep. and State Senator to ask that they vote in favor of H.B. 5804. This bill modifies the control of dogs, yet it contains a parrot provision that prohibits the capture or killing of monk parakeets. Kindly tell your two legislators that you support the parrot provision of the bill, as it will afford monk parakeets the same protections afforded other wild birds in under Sec. 26-92 of the Connecticut Code. Many thanks, Priscilla Feral Friends of Animals

I find it interesting that there are so few comments about these monk parakeets, which are in FoA's backyard, but there are 30+ comments and 80+ comments on different Alaska wolves articles. I suppose they are not as majestic or glorified creatures as the wolf. [Blog editor's note: Your supposition is wrong, Annie. Try tripping through the numerous monk parakeet blog items which stem from mid-November. ]

Congratulations Connecticut & FoA's for the fight against animal cruelty and endangerment! Hopefully that bill will become a law soon enough to protect this harmless yet lovely birds. Looking foward for more good news in the marvelous website.

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