The mission: slaughter 3,000 to 5,000 starlings. Where? Franklin Township, New Jersey. Who funded this? The USDA, meaning, us...the tax-payers. The reason: to aid a farmer who, according to USDA spokeswoman Carol Bannerman, "has a variety of livestock, and the birds would eat the seed which takes food away from the livestock, costs the farmer money. Also, as the birds eat, they excrete droppings into the food left for the livestock to eat." The killing method: the pesticide DRC-1339, which the USDA claims is inert once it is eaten by the birds and becomes metabolized. Well if the government says it's safe, it must be so, right? Read more of this unbelievable story, which has many of us in the Garden State up in arms.
UPDATE 1/29: Our friends at PETA have issued an Action Alert, urging supporters to contact Janet Bucknall, New Jersey Wildlife Services State Director, USDA, and ask the agency to stop the use of DRC-1339 immediately and find humane flock-control methods. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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