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Avia-Cide: Blackbird Killings In Arkansas Believed Intentional


Animals  (tags: wildlife, avian, bird, Red-winged Blackbird, migratory birds, crime, crimes against wildlife, victimizing wildlife, extermination, wildlife persecution, specieism, animal cruelty, criminal investigation )

Eva
- 2603 days ago - planetark.org
Fireworks were set off under a blackbird roost in Beebe, Arkansas, killing about 200 birds on the first anniversary of the similar death of 5,000 of the birds. "Fireworks were found at the roost so we know it was intentional," said authorities.



   

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Eva R (237)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 5:12 am

And yet there "is no crime" and the animal-hating, animal killers will go unpunished??

It's Care2/Change.org petition time!!
 

Maryann Birdsall (20)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 5:22 am
it takes a really sick person or group of people to do something like this and if they are found they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law or do these poor birds get no justice? I honestly hate being considered a human if this is how humans act.
 

Teresa W (782)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 5:27 am
horrible
 

Roseann d (178)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 5:32 am
I hope they find the cruel culprits and load firework up their *sses.
 

Eva R (237)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 6:27 am

OK, petition created! Please sign, forward and crosspost!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/nomoreblackbirddeaths/
 

Eva R (237)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 6:39 am

I did one here, too, to help get more support for the birds:

http://www.change.org/petitions/wildlife-death-by-firecracker-is-a-crime
 

Carlene V (202)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 7:00 am
What a sick thing to do, will sign and forward petiton. It is not right that they don't want to do anything about it, what is this world coming to?
 

Michela M (3964)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 7:37 am
Abraham Lincoln:
"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being."
 

Michela M (3964)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 7:40 am
SIGNED and Noted!! Thanks!! Ciao!! Michela
 

Renata B (136)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 7:50 am
I signed both petitions, but couldn't access the Avia-cide website: it gives me an error.
How sick people can be? And the authorities are always more than please to hide behind some wording in a law to do NOTHING. Humans seem to invent always new ways to main, destroy ... I really wonder what's wrong with our species. I often think of coming from another planet, actually another galaxy all together.
Of course I've signed the two petitions.
 

Frank G (211)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 9:44 am
Thanks, Eva. I signed both petitions. The Planet Ark site seems to be down (even when accessed from google), though the article can be found here:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/02/us-blackbirds-idUSTRE8010WI20120102

The biggest problem to me seems to be the dismissive attitude of authorities, at least as presented by the article. Aside from the law cited, which appears to apply, the killings appear to be a deliberate act of cruelty. Are there no animal cruelty laws in Arkansas? (That's a rhetorical question, I think.)
 

Eva R (237)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 11:56 am

Frank,

Thanks for signing and for pointing out the all-important idea here: the killing of the birds is in violation of the Migratory Species Act for at least two reasons: the manner in which the birds were killed (firecracker) and the motive. Both clearly fall OUTSIDE the strict parameters stated in the Act as exceptions for which the birds might be killed (even though I would assert that those "exceptions" are unacceptable). There has to be a demonstrated destruction by the birds to warrant action, and it has to be in a manner consistent with accepted methods - anything else constitutes a violation of the Act and illegal killing of wildlife.

I understand that law enforcement authorities are busy and overstretched in many instances. Sometimes it helps when "another pair of eyes" reviews the available facts and analyzes those facts, arriving at a different conclusion. It may not be that the authorities "don't want to" do anything about it, but rather, rethinking what happened in terms of existing laws and their applications is what's needed here.

But you also bring up another point, it's this: if the authorities concede that the killings fall outside provisions of the Act, then the animal cruelty laws, however written in Arkansas and this county (ordinances) absolutely DO apply here and must be enforced (no matter how lax, as you have pointed out, too).

Either way, this incident requires more scrutiny than merely saying that "there appears to be no crime here" when examining the Act would clearly state otherwise.

P.S. to all - Planet Ark's server is down at the moment, that's why there's an error message. They are either doing maintenance or they've been hacked.
 

Stelizan L (258)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 12:26 pm
Sickening 2-legged filth that share the planet with us! Thanks for the update Rooibos - will check in tomorrow again.
 

Phyllis P (232)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 1:40 pm
Couldn't get to the care2 petition, but signed the change.org petition.
 

Valerie H (133)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 2:42 pm
Thank you Eva - signed both!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 4:58 pm
Thank you.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 5:48 pm
Both signed. So Thankful.
 

Intan Surya Dawood (3)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 8:02 pm
Horrible!
 

Susanne R (235)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 8:52 pm
Who in the world takes pleasure in killing defenseless birds? The individual (or individuals) responsible for this act is obviously very disturbed and in need of counseling. Red-winged blackbirds are so beautiful and, in my neck of the woods, we wait anxiously to hear their distinctive call because it's a sure sign of warmer weather ahead. I hope this mystery is solved and justice is served.

Signed and noted. Thanks, Rooibos, for bringing this petition to us.
 

Danuta W (1251)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 3:10 am
sad
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 7:22 am
Ahh DUH! this was not rocket science as anyone knows that birds just don't drop out of the sky unless a human has his hands in it!
 

Nancy Roussy (79)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 7:35 am
Second petition already signed and noted, thank you!
 

Kari Knabe (14)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 9:04 am
Signed both petitions!! Thanks Rooibos Bird for setting them up!!
 

Eva R (237)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 9:28 am

UPDATES:

1) Planet Ark's article is back online, so please have a look again if you didn't get to see the article.

2) The link for the Care2 petition is back and works - please sign :)

3) Am consulting with an AR/conservation attorney today to get his analysis on the exceptions listed in the Act because there might be a way to bring a civil case against the responsible parties in addition to prompting the authorities to pursue criminal charges. Will post more when more is known!

 

Stella Nobrega-Garcia (4)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 12:04 pm
Very sad. Noted.
 

Eva R (237)
Friday January 6, 2012, 8:56 pm

UPDATE!

An attorney has reviewed the available evidence and concluded that the mass murder of the Red-wing Blackbirds was malicious destruction, and not covered by the listed exception for extermination. Therefore, the birds remain PROTECTED by the ACT and killing them in the manner they were killed constitutes a violation of the Act.

In addition, the attorney agrees that since we can establish the killings were a violation of the act, state and city animal cruelty laws also apply, but must get in line behind federal law in order of precedence. This means that whomever perpetrated the deaths can be prosecuted at all three levels: federal, state, and municipal laws.

This is GOOD NEWS!
 

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 1:20 am
This is just horrible! How can people be so cruel? Okay that was a stupid question! Thanks for the update Rooibos - they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law!
 

Dietrich S (52)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 7:09 am
How perversely sick! People who suffer from inferiority complex should get help from psychiatrists instead of wreaking their frustrations on weaker ones.
 
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