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Operation Parakeet: Write a Letter

Here is background about the parties who (a) have targeted the birds or (b) are in a logical position to help the birds, along with sample letters. Please model respect and kindness to elicit the best from those in the position to do the most good. As always, thank you for your concern and dedication.

The United Illuminating Company

Read the letter we sent to David Chase.

The United Illuminating Company is a Connecticut electric utility. Its parent company, UIL Holdings, is owned in significant part by Chase Enterprises, an investment company focused mainly on real estate development.

The Chase family is as renowned for its philanthropy as its wealth. Rather than forcing our local communities to spend time and resources, it would seem that such an affluent network of Connecticut residents could support the parrots’ interest in remaining alive and flying free. If we don’t ask, we’ll never know.

David T. Chase, CEO
Chase Enterprises
1 Commercial Plz.
Hartford, CT 06103 U.S.
Tel: 1.860.549.1674
Fax: 1.860.293.4297

Connecticut Audubon Society

Read the letter we sent to the Connecticut Audubon Society.

The Connecticut Audubon Society admits that the birds are ecologically harmless. The Society’s support for gassing flies in the face of its promise to “offer enlightened leadership on key issues” related to birds.

To let them know they’re on the wrong side of the web when it comes to parakeets, and to ask them to support Friends’ of Animals’ initiative with state representatives, contact:

Barbara Strickland, Chair
Board of Directors of the Connecticut Audubon Society
2325 Burr Street
Fairfield, CT 06824 U.S.
Tel: 1.860.527.6750

National Audubon Society

Read the letter we sent to the National Audubon Society.

“We are utility experts, not bird experts,” United Illuminating’s Carbone told the media, adding that the “solution” was formulated with the support of the National Audubon Society.

National Audubon, with assets of $227,086,069 in fiscal year 2004, purports to “engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences.”

One Board Member, Juliet P. Tammenoms Bakker of Greenwich, Connecticut, is also an active supporter of the Greenwich Audubon Center.

To tell National Audubon that United Illuminating could really use their support for a positive conservation experience, contact:

Juliet P. Tammenoms Bakker, Director
National Audubon Society
700 Broadway
New York, NY 10003 U.S.
Tel: 1.212.979.3000
Fax: 1.212.979.3188