N.J. community upset by die-off of st...

N.J. community upset by die-off of starlings poisoned by govern...

There are 15 comments on the Newsday story from Jan 26, 2009, titled N.J. community upset by die-off of starlings poisoned by govern.... In it, Newsday reports that:

The black carcasses of dead starlings still pepper the snowy roads and lawns of central New Jersey 's rural Griggstown community three days after federal officials used a pesticide to kill as many as 5,000 ...

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Jersey guy

Piscataway, NJ

#1 Jan 26, 2009
So bird droppings became a cause for the dropping of birds? That's wacky, man.
birdsler

Yonkers, NY

#2 Jan 26, 2009
The unintended consequences of this bird Holocaust loom. The poisons used to murder the birds will seep into our foods and kill us all with a cancerous, torturous death. Before of the government works smart enough to kill yet too dumb to know what they are doing.
Judith Cleaver

Wilmington, DE

#3 Jan 27, 2009
I woke up to this news on the radio alarm clock. I have felt sickened all morning. What a disgrace! Genocide! Who gave them the right to kill so many birds with our seeking the public approval. What kind of people are they! Like another commentator said. They prevented bird droppings with the dropping of dead birds. The birds will keep coming they can't kill them all. So sad.
JL Haynes

Greenvale, NY

#4 Jan 27, 2009
Doesn't anybody "get it"- that humans, including those working for the federal government- have not been given special dispensation to murder animals, including birds? I am appalled not only by the act of the poisoning- which, by the way, causes the birds to suffer in the process of dying- but also by the "concerns" voiced in the Newsday article- that pets, people, and the environment will allegedly not be harmed. Don't the birds count? They are living, too, and, in times of winter hunger, place their natural trust in the food that humans leave- which, because of the twisted thinking of the USDA, caused their painful, sudden, massive deaths. When will these practices by our government, to which we pay tax, stop? When will nature be left to live?
Kim

New Hyde Park, NY

#5 Jan 27, 2009
For those who are not aware, Starlings are an invasive species to this area "THEY DO NOT BELONG HERE". They are known to carry various diseases in their droppings and were a threat to our local farms. The United States Department of Agricultural should have set up a better notice to the public forum and apologized for same. However, they do not need your permission to do their job. The fact that they did what they had to do to protect our community should not upset anyone. I am sure they notified your local government. If your local government did not notify you be upset with it not the USDA. Did you think the birds were going to wait around for all the local towns to have their meetings? They are very very dangerous to this area and you should be glad that the USDA acted in a timely fashion before something bad happened. These birds have been known to ruin entire crops and disease local animals.
Ldtowers

New York, NY

#6 Jan 27, 2009
"For those who are not aware, Starlings are an invasive species to this area "THEY DO NOT BELONG HERE"".

What a load! They didn't choose to come here! They were brought here and adapted well. They carry no more diseases than any other bird or animal. That is a lie propagated by the industry to make us feel less sorry for so called filthy creatures.

There are less poisonous ways to protect crops.
Wm Weddell

Dyer, IN

#7 Jan 27, 2009
Chemtrails more likely since all falling out of sky at same time.
Check out "Chemtrails" on U Tube
Wm Weddell

Stockbridge, GA

#8 Jan 27, 2009
Chemtrails.......start looking up. The eugenist also believe there are to many people on earth. Check out U Tube "Chemtrails"
M Lev

Brooklyn, NY

#9 Jan 27, 2009
Funny I never heard a single news story about a herd of cows being killed by a flock of birds. And yes. what about us! what if it were the other way around, and the Birds decided there were too many of us? Evidently Humans are far more hazardous to the birds' health than they are to ours.
Dead Duck

Coram, NY

#10 Jan 27, 2009
Starlings are the "Clintons of the Air". Nobody wants them but you can't get rid of them. We got them from England when a Shakespeare fanatic wanted two of every bird in Shakespeare. Guess what bird is mentioned in Shakespeare.

Poison??? Sounds like something out of "Romeo and Juliet". But not quite as tragic.
agree

Parlin, NJ

#11 Jan 28, 2009
Kim wrote:
For those who are not aware, Starlings are an invasive species to this area "THEY DO NOT BELONG HERE". They are known to carry various diseases in their droppings and were a threat to our local farms. The United States Department of Agricultural should have set up a better notice to the public forum and apologized for same. However, they do not need your permission to do their job. The fact that they did what they had to do to protect our community should not upset anyone. I am sure they notified your local government. If your local government did not notify you be upset with it not the USDA. Did you think the birds were going to wait around for all the local towns to have their meetings? They are very very dangerous to this area and you should be glad that the USDA acted in a timely fashion before something bad happened. These birds have been known to ruin entire crops and disease local animals.
I agree with you they are merely a part of the "natural" food chain not for human consumption of course but in the wild and i think it is a more inexpensive alternative to make sure our live stock and the viable food we do consume is kept safe!! Maybe a form of wild life birth control might also work but that takes too long. We count on the wild to transport important nutrients to areas where it's needed and horticulturists use animals as a vehicle to utilize their droppings to re plant seeds and other minerals to activate growth in areas that have been devastated by natural disaster, forest fire, flooding etc. At one point pigs, boar etc., were encouraged to feed on important seed and nutrient rich food only to release them into those devastated areas to then release those seeds through their droppings to restart growth in the areas where it was needed and it proved to be a very accelerated and cost effective approach to kick start the topography!! But then we also have certain animals that are a hazard to our food chain and our environment...for example the over abundance of geese and those droppings that are all over that you don't even want your children going to local ponds or lakes because the infestation is so toxic and disgusting. so i say do what needs to be done to keep the population and our food and water source safe but within reason and without suffering!! But it should be done!! humans come first!!
Jdadouche

Lake Zurich, IL

#12 Jan 31, 2009
Why do humans come first??? We do not own the earth.

Joyce
Tom

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Dec 20, 2009
People who do not believe in The Almighty will have trouble with this; but INDEED we do have dominion over the earth!

Genesis 2:28 ..God said to them, "Be fruitful, and multiply and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

It is our God given responsibility to rule (aka kill) these pests!!!
donkeyman

Yuma, AZ

#14 Dec 20, 2009
obama is to blame for this mass killing
Dave Brown

Chatham, UK

#16 Mar 11, 2010
Kim wrote:
For those who are not aware, Starlings are an invasive species to this area "THEY DO NOT BELONG HERE". They are known to carry various diseases in their droppings and were a threat to our local farms. The United States Department of Agricultural should have set up a better notice to the public forum and apologized for same. However, they do not need your permission to do their job. The fact that they did what they had to do to protect our community should not upset anyone. I am sure they notified your local government. If your local government did not notify you be upset with it not the USDA. Did you think the birds were going to wait around for all the local towns to have their meetings? They are very very dangerous to this area and you should be glad that the USDA acted in a timely fashion before something bad happened. These birds have been known to ruin entire crops and disease local animals.
Oh, now I understand - it was greedy farmers who are happy to kill anything that gets in the way of a few bucks profit - the parasites are not on the starlings.

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