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Winter 2016-17 - Act•ionLine

Letters

BIRDS
Thank you for your lovely article in your Fall magazine about pigeons. Are you aware of Wild Bird Fund in NYC (Wildbirdfund.org). Another wonderful, highly dedicated organization aimed at treating city birds, frequently pigeons, which have been injured, and returning as many as possible, after rehabilitation, to their lives outdoors. A special delight is watching the release of red-tailed hawks from their office and infirmary into Central Park.
TRISH DAYAN • STAMFORD, CT


TOURISM OF NATIONAL PARKS IS INSTITUTIONALIZED EXPLOITATION
While reading through the Summer edition of Action Line, I was increasingly disappointed to learn that Friends of Animals is apparently OK with tourism of the US National Parks. This institutional exploitation directly contradicts FoA’s goal, as stated under “Who We Are” on page 2 of the magazine. As virtually always, humans’ lauded efforts to preserve wilderness are not for the sake of the wilderness, but “for the enjoyment of future generations [of humans].”
Three hundred million human visitors to America’s national parks in 2015 is not a good thing. Those visitors generate/ require a significant cumulative footprint (e.g., transportation infrastructure) that can be entirely eliminated by staying away from the wildlife habitat that we call parks. We do not need to experience the wilderness to appreciate it. Surely, we now have enough audio-visual recordings to inform humans the world over now and into the future about the ‘natural’ world. Yes, first-hand experience is more individually exhilarating. But it’s at nature’s expense. If we really care about and want to care for the wilderness, then we should protect it from us and otherwise leave it alone.

MARK REED •
VICTORIA, BC, CANADA
Editor’s Note: The reason we celebrated National Parks in our Summer issue is because National Parks provide the gold standard in American protected areas.They are the only places where hunting and resource development activities such as mineral extraction, fracking, timber harvesting and artificial habitat management are prohibited. So if these areas were not designated National Parks they would likely already have been exploited by these things, we believe that that cumulative footprint would be far worse than an access road for visitors.

 

UNDERSTANDING PIGEONS
I wanted to write and thank you for your wonderful and informative artice, "Pigeons are misunderstood" in Fall Action Line. My husband and I feed the pigeons in our area almost every day. We both think they are amazing creatures who are like brave soldiers (that's what we call them) who get up each and every day and got out and fight to survive. We wish everyone who calls them "rats" could read your article and would understand what amazing creatures they really are. Thank you again!
LINDA AND TOM MORELL • LAS VEGAS,
NEVADA

 

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