Stop poi­son culls

Auckland City Harbour News - - Opinion - BAR­BARA BURN­SIDE Ti­ti­rangi

About two months ago a de­lib­er­ate poi­son cull at Vic­to­ria Park Mar­ket re­sulted in dis­tressed spar­rows and pi­geons dy­ing over three days. Vis­i­tors left in tears.

I was told in writ­ing by Auck­land City Coun­cil en­vi­ron­ment staff that bird poi­son­ing is per­mit­ted and en­cour­aged where birds con­gre­gate around food be­cause dis­eases could be spread.

Vic­to­ria Park Mar­ket has since car­ried out an­other cull and could reg­u­larly do so to kill all visit­ing birds. What a dan­ger­ous prece­dent. Next could be in­di­vid­ual poi­son culls at thou­sands of Auck­land eat­ing places where pa­trons eat out­side.

En­vi­ron­men­tal watch­dogs could stop kind hu­mans drop­ping crumbs.

Will signs go up in parks to say don’t feed the birds or we will kill them?

Queen St’s new plant­ing was to en­cour­age birds to the in­ner city. Now they aren’t safe.

Hav­ing vis­ited Vic­to­ria Park Mar­ket more than 500 times in 10 years I fail to see how a few dozen spar­rows and eight pi­geons con­sti­tute a plague and health haz­ard.

Reg­u­lar ta­ble clear­ing and clean­ing would suf­fice for the few food out­lets there.

The heart of Auck­land city died with the bird­song stopped at Vic­to­ria Park Mar­ket.

The culls must cease im­me­di­ately.

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