Stop poison culls
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.