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Nov 7, 2011

Focus:Animal Welfare
Action Request:Write E-Mail
Location:United Kingdom
Posted by: "South West Animal Protection" southwestanimalprotection@yahoo.co.uk   southwestanimalprotection Sun Nov 6, 2011 2:30 am (PST)



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HERE WE GO AGAIN
VERY URGENT-Proposed Pigeon eradication by Morley Town Council (based in
West Yorkshire city of Leeds in UK)- please protest about this
asap-worldwide response needed now!

Please see the very important appeal below and take immediate action to stop
this now! Sample letter provided below but you can also send your own.
Please remind the council that Pigeons were used in the second world war as
vital message carriers and literally saved lives, this is no way to treat
their relatives!
You can also contact the Town Clerk on 0113 2474370 You can also phone-0113
2474370. Please keep all correspondence polite when making calls and sending
emails. Please get the council to contact 'PiCAS' (Pigeon Control Advisory
Services) IMMEDIATELY who advise on humane ways of dealing with Pigeon
problems. See their website here, PiCAS do brilliant work so please
recommend them - http://www.picasuk.com/

Every voice counts from around the world to stop this cruel cull

Many thanks
SWAP team UK

----- Original Message -----
From: Pigeon Protection and Rescue
To: South West Animal Protection
Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2011 8:57 PM
Subject: Proposed pigeon eradication at Morley.

Morley Town Council have agreed a pigeon eradication plan.

I believe we can stop them.

I have drafted an e-mail that can be sent to the town councillors or used as
a letter for the Mayor which you can use if you don't have time to compose
one . I have listed the councillors e-mail addresses and the Lord Mayor
contact information at the bottom of this e-mail. If you can help - Thanks!
____________

______________________________________________
SAMPLE LETTER

I read on BBC news that Morley Town Council approved a pigeon eradication at
the Council Meeting yesterday. The publicised reason is the cost of the
damage to the Town Hall.

Please be aware that there killing birds to prevent damage to buildings is
not a valid reason listed in either of the two general licences designed for
the management of species causing conflict with conservation or human
interests:

General licence GL04 - to kill or take certain birds to prevent serious
damage or disease specifies:

1. Subject to paragraph 2 and the licence conditions, this licence is
granted to:

(i) Prevent serious damage to livestock, foodstuffs for livestock, crops,
vegetables, fruit, growing timber, fisheries or inland waters, and
(ii) Prevent the spread of disease.

Natural England have confirmed that both licences for the management of
species causing conflict with conservation or human interests can only be
relied upon where non-lethal methods have failed.

Natural England also confirmed that the user must be prepared to prove that
there was a threat to public health and safety and to provide evidence that
non-lethal methods had been tried and proved ineffective.

I would appreciate it therefore if you could clarify:

a) How the damage to the Town Hall, which has been cited in the papers as
the reason for the cull, amounts to a risk to public health and safety.

b) What non-lethal methods have been tried .

d) How the non lethal methods have proved to be impracticable or
ineffective.

The penalty for an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 is a
fine of up to £5000 is up to six months imprisonment . If the defendant is a
corporation then the head of that corporation may also be tried as liable
and face the fine and/or prison sentence.

I would also recommend that you familiarise yourself with information on non
lethal pigeon control on the Pigeon Control Resources and PiCAS websites,
with the information on the real health risk posed by pigeons as assessed by
people that know their subject (including the government vet) before you
proceed with what I believe will be an illegal cull.

Yours sincerely

__________________________________________________________

town.clerk@morley.gov.uk

Cllr Louise Bentley
lmbentley@hotmail.co.uk

Cllr Neil Dawson
neildawson43@yahoo.co.uk

Cllr Janet Harrison
janet@scubaexperienceleeds.co.uk

Cllr Joe Tetley
joe6@sky.com

Cllr Wenda Whitehead
wenda.whitehead@ntlworld.com

Cllr David Dewhirst
dmwd@hotmail.com

Cllr James Bright
bright.general@tiscali.co.uk

Cllr Andew Dalton
andrewdalton57@hotmail.com

Cllr Simon Kimberley
swkimberley@gmail.com

The Worshipful the Town Mayor of Morley, Councillor Judith Elliott.
Morley Town Council
Morley Town Hall
Queen Street
Morley
Leeds LS27 9DY
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