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.
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.
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
Phone: 203 926-4637
USDA, Massachusetts/ Rhode Island/ Connecticut
463 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
The Connecticut Audubon Society
2325 Burr Street
Fairfield, CT 06824
203-259-6305, ext 113
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106-5127