Birds Poisoned at Chemical Plant in West Virginia

March 9, 2007 at 9:17 am ·
PETA has received numerous calls from employees at the M&G Polymers Polyester Plant in Apple Grove, West Virginia, who report that administrators plan to poison hundreds of birds with either Avitrol or DRC-1339. PETA’s urgent appeals to the plant manager to halt the alleged poisoning program—and allow us to help the plant develop an effective, humanebird-control program—have been met with silence.
Making matters worse, nontarget species often become sick and die when they eat the tainted bait or prey upon poisoned birds. For example, birds of prey—such as red-tailed hawks and peregrine falcons—have been known to fatally ingest the remains of pigeons poisoned with Avitrol and DRC-1339. Directly or indirectly harming any protected bird is a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and is punishable by a $15,000 fine per violation.
In addition to being cruel, poisons and other lethal methods do not control animal populations. The only long-term way to control bird populations is to modify habitats so that they become unattractive or inaccessible to animals. We have sent M&G Polymers detailed information on proven humane bird-exclusion methods, including PETA’s “Permanentand Humane Pigeon-Control Solutions” report and “Street Pigeons: War Heroes, Devoted Parents, Clever Learners” factsheet—all to no apparent avail. Now we desperately need your help.
Please urge M&G Polymers plant manager Robert Bowen to halt this reported bird-poisoning program at the plant and to accept PETA’s offer to work with M&G to develop an effective, humane bird-control program.

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  1. Well now!!! Administrators who plan to poison the birds at M&G Polymers Polyester Plant in Apple Grove, West Virginia need to be aware that action like that could land them in one of West Virginia’s Regional Jails…

    Once there, the administrators would learn first hand about being a bird, a “Jail Bird” and the consequence of poison, “Food Poison.”

  2. As Einstein once said, “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”

  3. I absolutely know about pigeons and hawks. I used to raise pigeons. I had alot of trouble with the hawks coming and having them for dinner while they were out flying around. I also had a hawk find it’s way into the pigeon house one day. He killed and ate parts of 4 pigeons before I caught him at it. I was told NOT to kill him as he was a protected species and I could be fined $1000.00 PER FEATHER if it was discovered that I had them….
    Poisoning any wildlife like that is WRONG. Wrong for nature and the food chain and the environment. No, we don’t need more laws, they are already in place, and we already know that big business does not have to follow any that are “inconvenient”. What we need is for people to take their heads “out-their-ass” and do the right things. Period.

  4. On late night tv I keep seeing all these hungry people in Africa……. 😉

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