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FoA to Appear in Court on Behalf of Snowy Owl

March 12, 2014 | Snowy Owls

On Friday, March 14, lawyers for Friends of Animals FoA will make their first appearance in Federal Court on behalf of snowy owls and hundreds of other bird species that are wrongfully and illegally being shot by wildlife agencies at and near John. F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. 

Following the shooting of snowy owls at JFK back in December, which was widely covered in the media, FoA filed a lawsuit in January against the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for violating the National Environmental Policy Act NEPA and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act MBTA. 

The killing of the snowy owls was carried out under the Gull Hazard/Bird Hazard Reduction Program, authorized by the defendants in this case, to protect aircraft departing and arriving at JFK from alleged bird strikes.  Since 1994, this program has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of birds at and near JFK.

FoA attorneys quickly determined that the defendants have never complied with federal requirements to fully disclose the scope of their proposed bird reduction plan, to analyze the impacts of the program on wildlife and to explain whether impacts to wildlife—including the targeted birds—could be reduced. 

At Friday's hearing, which will be held before U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson at 10 a.m. in courtroom 6C at U.S. District Court Brooklyn Courthouse, it is expected that the court will enter orders that will set in place the exact course of future proceedings in this case. It is also expected that the Court will address the government's planned motion to dismiss the action altogether.  FoA will be represented by Jennifer Barnes, a staff attorney in FoA's Colorado-based Wildlife Law Program.

In response to the backlash from the snowy owl shootings, New York Port Authority quickly said it would adopt a no kill policy and instead catch and release the birds like the program in place at Logan International Airport in Boston.  This lawsuit seeks to make sure the agencies, and the federal government, stick to that policy.

The courthouse is located at 225 Cadman Plaza East Brooklyn, NY 11201.

 

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NO KILL....catch and release

I support the no kill, catch and release program.

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