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"The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is engaged in what can only be called an avian holocaust through its Bye Bye Blackbird program that has poisoned tens of millions of birds over the last decade."

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+6 # LizR 2011-01-26 00:15
I suspect that I am in broad agreement with some of your sentiments, but I would feel a lot better able to assess the significance of the "avian holocaust" if you'd included some more context. For example, how about some figures on the total numbers involved? How large a proportion of the cowbird population is 1,046,109? How may birds die of other causes every year? What damage do they do to the ecology, if any? And so on.

I don't agree with poisoning, trapping and so on, unless there's a damn good reason for it. There's a lot of it in New Zealand, where I live, but it mostly comes down to the sins of our forefathers, who introduced a lot of pests that then went on the merrily wreck the ecosystem. This isn't the fault of the rats, possums etc, but what can you do? Let them wipe out the native fauna, or control them? Unfortunately, "control" means "kill" in this case...

But as far as vaccination goes, do you want the return of smallpox and polio and all the other diseases we've managed to control? Yes, we kill those germs, or we get our immune systems to, but that's where I draw the line. Poisoning viruses is fine by me, they don't suffer and if we don't vaccinate, we do - or the most vulnerable amongst us do, children and old people. To stop vaccination would be mass murder.
-10 # futhark 2011-01-26 03:29
The ghost of Alfred Hitchcock is laughing tonight! While the government agents are doing this avian holocaust, how about getting rid of the acorn woodpeckers that are pecking holes in the siding of my house?
+8 # Activista 2011-01-26 12:10
futhark: "how about getting rid of the acorn woodpeckers that are pecking holes in the siding of my house?"
my house - kill everything - after you will get rid of woodpeckers - you will get carpenter ants infestation - than you will kill them with pesticides - get cancer - get million dollar US medical "treatment" - declare medical bankruptcy - die at sixty on the street - what a country!
+7 # stannadel 2011-01-26 04:05
"I might suggest that program is already under way. It's called water fluoridation. Food additives. Vaccines. Pharmaceuticals ." This is like something right out of General Jack Ripper's paranoid rants in Dr. Strangelove. Since when does RSN promote the rantings of nutcases?
+7 # William Martin 2011-01-26 06:18
One slight correction: The author meant "vole" rather than mole. They are similar in appearance but unrelated mammals. Both make burrows on or near the surface. A mole is an Insectivore and a vole is a rodent. Moles eat invertebrates. Voles eat grass and roots and will girdle and kill fruit trees.
+1 # Gary Ray Pierson 2011-01-26 07:07
Y'all need to Google Joseph Wheeler the 3rd.. Col.. Wheeler.. Birds started dropping here in Arkansas.. Pine Bluff has the worlds largest supply of poison gas.. Wheeler was found in a garbage dumpster Jan 3rd, after he told a few news folks, he was going to reveal what the nation is doing at these facilities.. Did you know, the Plum Island animal experiment station is being moved to Manhattan Kansas? Right by the University's football field and their building more, all across the nation.. Good for jobs huh?.... formally Cpl. Pierson, 101st Airborne Vietnam... Son of the American Revolution... Pvt Shadrack Pierson 1st Virginia Valley Forge...
+1 # soularddave 2011-01-26 22:36
Quoting Gary Ray Pierson:
Birds started dropping here in Arkansas.. ...

We had a mysterious and large avian die-off just South of St. Louis on New Years eve. They attributed it to fireworks waking the birds and crashing into things in the dark. This was to have caused massive internal bleeding that led to 1,000s of carcasses everywhere

The whole fowl story sounded foul to me, and then the Arkansas story came to light.
+2 # Glen 2011-01-27 17:57
Soularddave, have the birds been examined, and by how many different labs. More labs = less likelyhood of covering up some sort of poison or whatever.

In Arkansas there were numerous tornadoes, tornado sightings, and much atmospheric chaos. One must ask themselves why birds would be poisoned under such conditions, and why would they get pulled into the night at the time of celebration and then fall to the ground all at once.

Let us know what you find out about the incident outside St. Louis. Most of the time these poisonings occur without any fanfare.
0 # madmaxx63 2011-02-01 08:06
Gary... keep your conspiracy theory opinions to yourself and try to stick with what IS known and the facts. Creikey mate... get a life!
+9 # Todd Williams 2011-01-26 07:22
I have a small organic farm and raise chickens. My vegie crop has been under constant assault by groundhogs. My friend loaned me a .22 rifle to shoot the varmits, yet I couldn't do it. So I gave the gun back and started to figure ways to outsmart the g-hog clan. I figured I must be smarter than those critters. And it worked. I've been g-hog free for a year. No reason to be killing any critters. And if they do eat a little, plant a bigger crop. They gotta eat too!
+6 # Glen 2011-01-26 07:49
The "Health Ranger" is, apparently, taking on the whole of the issue, lumping all critters into a farm only issue/threat. It is not.

Over population is a growing concern throughout the U.S. when it comes to certain animals and birds, for a very good reason: disease and destruction. I live in an area where starlings especially fly in groups of thousands, roosting in trees in neighborhoods where their droppings cover the ground. Histoplasmosis has caused the deaths or injury of many children who play in that muck and fungus. A close friend went blind from the scar tissue in her eyes caused by that fungus as a child. The feral hog populations are increasing and it isn't just farms that they dig up. In some states it is difficult to hike without the threat of a defensive hog.

Each animal has the potential for overwhelming even their own population and contracting disease that runs through the group.

There are many reasons for a growing concern over animals and their interaction with human beings. A necessary balance must be arrived at especially in light of the growing human population, but common sense and science must be utilized in understanding the entire environment, not hysteria and over generalizations . There ARE very real dangers in unbalance. All citizens must get involved for their own welfare as that of wildlife.
+1 # Gary Ray Pierson 2011-01-26 08:32 Chemical Trails.... and more. ^i^
+1 # Gary Ray Pierson 2011-01-26 08:44
Dead Dumps.. Former FBI Chief Ted Gunderson Says Chemtrail Death Dumps Must Be Stopped
Uploaded: 1/18/2011 5:41:23 PM
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+1 # Mike Scullin 2011-01-26 08:52
Sorry, Mike. can't feed cows all grass. Learn about crop rotation. Have to plant corn where the alfalfa grew last year, to rebalance the soil. Birds eat the grass seeds, too. Coyotes kill sheep, goats, calves, and pets. I'm not a farmer, but by granddad was. Your position as stated is uninformed. Nothing is black and white, as you know.

I agree senseless killing is wrong. I feed birds in my yard, even when the redwings come and eat $15 worth of food overnight. But I also relocate or shoot woodchucks and opossums who eat my fruit trees and vegetable gardens. I keep a cat who murders several hundred rodents and half a dozen birds each year. Without him, I'd have rodent damage to my house insulation, wiring, and framing.
One man's pet is another man's pest.

+8 # genefan 2011-01-26 08:52
Please do some research and report on the serious threat posed to native bird species (e.g., bluebirds, warblers) by these species:

Brown-headed cowbirds (1,046,109 killed by USDA)
European Starlings (1,259,714 killed)
English sparrows

The native cowbirds are "brood parasites," laying their eggs in the nests of other birds (e.g., warblers), which raise the cowbirds' young at the expense of their own offspring. The starlings and sparrows are carelessly introduced invasive species that compete intensely and extensively with native cavity-nesting birds (e.g., bluebirds), whose numbers are declining as a result.
I am completely in favor of killing and/or preventing the reproduction of cowbirds, starlings, and sparrows, as long as this does not further threaten any of our endangered or declining native bird species. Thank you.
+4 # Activista 2011-01-26 12:25
The number one overpopulated is Homo Destructor - cut it to population of 1900 and all is fine.
And again - scientifically - the disease getting from wild animals is 1% ? compared to cancer from chemicals, cigarettes, firearms - it is US - not animals.
0 # madmaxx63 2011-02-01 08:08
Firearms cause cancer and other diseases? Whew... glad I found that out on here!
+3 # Activista 2011-01-26 12:39
"Please do some research and report .." - do you think that sonic bombs kill ONLY starlings?
Their predators are also killed -
Do you think that herbicides/pois ons kill ONLY English sparrows?
This "technology" control is spiraling out of control.
Wildlife scientists are STUPID - like telling me that they have "SAFE" herbicides that kills only blackberry.
The number one pest is Homo Destructor - we need to reduce its numbers to 1900 levels.
+4 # Glen 2011-01-27 07:07
Genefan, you and Mike Scullin have brought up the aspects of the argument that thousands of people are not at all aware of. Animals do have some characteristics that can be deadly to other animals as well as human beings. Raising animals for food is not as simple as saying feed 'em grass, when there is no grass in the winter, etc. As Mike says, there is no black and white and folks need to eat.

ARMADILLOS, moving north, digging up everything in their path.
STARLINGS grouping in the thousands, if not millions.
Thousands of WILD HOGS, digging up and killing eggs of amphibians, reptiles, and some birds, wildflowers.
DEER becoming overpopulated, infected with disease, causing wrecks on highways, eating everything, dropping diseased ticks.
Don't forget rabies.

And this is not in highly populated areas, but very often is. It really isn't simple.
+1 # kcwells 2011-01-26 09:23
HOW - by what method - are they doing this?
0 # Gary Ray Pierson 2011-01-26 14:48
Quoting kcwells:
HOW - by what method - are they doing this?

Dead Dumps.. Former FBI Chief Ted Gunderson Says Chemtrail Death Dumps Must Be Stopped
Uploaded: 1/18/2011 5:41:23 PM
+5 # dsizzle 2011-01-26 11:06
I hope the author is a vegan because this animal holocaust pales in comparison to the murder of 10 billion animals for food every year. If you care about non-human lives, which you should because they have as much value as yours, then you should be vegan.
+2 # josé wellington 2011-01-26 14:26
It's same old song. First you killed indians in a way to spread your possessions, after all, the sons of your sons will reach over your boundaries. After that you killed animal to preserve and protect your farm and your domesticated animals and plantations. Furthermore you killed negroes to push they to obey you and work hard. Now, you are killing birds to control population...
Tomorrow, what will be your target? Maybe, you'll kill yourself...
0 # coppermoon 2011-01-27 13:04
This is deplorable - if it bothers somebody, just kill it? How do they know these poisons affected ONLY the creatures they wanted to kill? What about pets? What about plants? What if there were organics nearby? What are the long term effects on all this? Why kill barn owls? or cardinals?
Many thanks to natural news for keeping the list of murdered at their site - the USDA has indeed removed the incriminating records.
0 # madmaxx63 2011-02-01 08:24
With the exception of Gary Ray... there are quite a few profound statements on here. This is a tough topic but keep in mind how many species of critters have accidentally been introduced into the US from Europe and the like. Some like the wild hog/pigs were introduced on purpose as a species to hunt... until the idiots that released them realized how much of a nuisance they are... perhaps they should have looked into that BEFORE they released them, eh?

Are we to allow our native flora and fauna to be killed off by the overbreeding/po pulation of invasive species? Let's rule out the Vegan/Vegetaria n thing all together since I think it's a load of crap to try and push this sort of belief on someone else... this article has nothing to do with eating animals.

If we allow invasive species to wreak havoc on our environment then I can guarantee you that these same people complaining now about this "murder" will also be complaining about the invasive species once they've taken over.

It is a shame that "innocent" species are taken in events like this but I'll take a 99.1% kill of intended species any day. The needs of the many should STILL outweigh the needs of the few... I know this is a difficult concept for the younger generations to grasp since they've grown up in a "it's not my fault" era.
0 # madmaxx63 2011-02-01 08:26
BTW Mike Adams... parts of the world are already trying to control their own overpopulation. .. ever heard of China and the college rule?

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