Friday, January 21, 2011
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Not all the mysterious bird die-offs that have been witnessed around the globe recently are due to unexplained causes. A recent mass die-off event witnessed in Yankton, South Dakota was traced back to the USDA which admitted to carrying out amass poisoning of the birds.
After hundreds of starlings were found dead in the Yankton Riverside Park, concerned citizens began to investigate. Before long, a USDA official called the local police and admitted they had poisoned thebirds. “They say that they had poisoned the birds about ten miles south of Yankton and they were surprised they came to Yankton like they did and died in our park,” says Yankton Animal Control Officer Lisa Brasel, as reported by KTIV (http://www.ktiv.com/Global/story.as…).
TheUSDAthen confirmed the story and explained it was all “part of a large killing” in Nebraska. Some of the birds that ate thepoisonapparently flew all the way to Yankton before succumbing to the poison.
Watch the video yourself, as reported from KTIV:
USDA mass-murders birds on a regular basis
So why was the USDApoisoningbirds in the first place? A Nebraska farmer was apparently complaining that the starlings were defecating in his feed meal. The answer to this conundrum apparently isn’t tocover your feed mealbut rather callthe USDAand ask them to poison thousands of birds.
The USDA complied, apparently agreeing this was a brilliant idea. So they put out a poison calledDRC-1339and allowed thousands of birds to feed on that poison.
Carol Bannerman from USDA Wildlife Services ridiculously claimed the bird kill was also to protect “human health.”
“We’re doing it to address, in this case, agricultural damage as well as the potential for human health and safety issues,” she said. That’s just a lie, of course. In what universe do starlings pose a threat to human health and safety?
The USDA Wildlife Services website, by the way, ishttp://www.aphis.usda.gov
The USDA even has a name for this mass poisoning program:Bye Bye Blackbird. Through the use of poisons such as DRC-1339, the USDA has killedmore than four million birdsover the last several years, reports Truthout (http://www.truth-out.org/bye-bye-bl…).
They even proudly publish an online spreadsheet showing just how many they’ve murdered with poison:http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_…
Remember, these are mass bird killings that are funded with your tax dollars. It all makes you wonder whether thegovernmentis, in fact, responsible for many of the other mysterious animal deaths that have been reported across the country (and around the globe).
It also makes you wonder: If the federal government thinks nothing of murdering 4 million living, breathing birds, then what else might they be capable of doing out of atotal lack of respect for wildlife?
And if the USDA poisons birds because certain groups become too populous, what do you suppose is planned for whenhuman populationgrows too large?
Be sure to check out the video at:http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=19157…
U.S. government commits avian holocaust with mass poisoning of millions of birds
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is engaged in what can only be called anavian holocaustthrough itsBye Bye Blackbirdprogram that has poisoned tens of millions of birds over the last decade. The USDA even reports the number of birds it has poisoned to death in a PDF document posted on the USDA website.
Anticipating the USDA possibly removing that document, we have posted a copy on NaturalNews servers at:
The original source URL of this file was:
This document shows that, just in 2009, the following bird populations were poisoned and killed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, using taxpayer dollars:
(Listed as “Intentional” and “Killed / Euthanized”)
Brown-headed cowbirds: 1,046,109
European Starlings: 1,259,714
Red-winged blackbirds: 965,889
Canadian geese: 24,519
…plus tens of thousands of crows, doves, ducks, falcons, finches, gulls, hawks, herons, owls, ravens, sparrows, swallows, swans, turkeys, vultures and woodpeckers, among otheranimals.
Also murdered in 2009 by theUSDAare victims of other species:
27,000 beavers, 1700 bobcats, 81,000 coyotes, 2,000 gray foxes, 336 mountain lions, 1900 woodchucks, 130 porcupines, 12,000 raccoons, 20,000 squirrels, 30,000 wild pigs, 478 wolves.
See the list yourself at:http://www.naturalnews.com/files/US…
The mass-murderingU.S. governmentthat disavows violence?
Keep in mind thatmurdering animals is an act ofviolence. Yet in the wake of the recentGiffordsshooting, we have U.S.governmentofficials running around screaming about how much they disavow violence, saying things like “violence should never be used to resolve problems.”
But their actions say something different: Violence against non-humanlifeforms is not only tolerated and approved by thefederal government, but evenencouraged. Through these mass killings ofbirds, cougars, ducks and other animals, theUnited Statesfederal government is actively engaged in widespread acts ofviolence againstnature, murdering literally millions of animals on an annual basis.
Keep in mind that the numbers shown above are only for 2009. A similar number of animals were killed by the USDA all the other years, too, going all the way back to the 1960’s when the “Bye Bye Blackbird” program was first initiated.
Don’t speak of crosshairs or straightshooting
In the politically correct language-muzzled aftermath of the Giffords shooting, the mere mention of the term “crosshairs” is enough to evoke an on-air apology on network news programs. Now you can’t say someone is a “straight shooter,” either.
But if you work for the USDA, you can murder animals by the tens of millions andvirtually no network news outlet even covers the story. It’s not enough, apparently, that humans have already caused widespread destruction ofanimal habitatacross North America; now our own government is actively murdering literally millions of animals every year.
When is it okay to kill an animal?
I have great admiration for farmers, and I understand that there are times when predators can get out of control and cause a lot of damage. Coyotes can get into thechickencoop and kill yourchickens, so on most farms and ranches, coyotes are considered live target practice at every opportunity. That’s why nearly all U.S. ranchers own rifles as tools which are used for sniping at groundhogs and moles which tend to take more than their fair share of garden vegetables.
I know one rancher who was trying to plant an orchard and woke up one morning to find his newly planted trees had all been destroyed by a small band of hyperactive beavers. Needless to say, those beavers ended up right in the crosshairs of a utility 22 rifle.
I also understand that wild pigs (feral swine) can root up valuablecropsin their search forfood. There are times when certain types of animals can become very difficult for ranchers and farmers to deal with. Although I personally don’t enjoy the thought of it, I can at least understand that there might be an economic justification in the minds of farmers and ranchers to kill certain animals which are destroying their crops (or chickens, or orchards). I’ve never met afarmeror rancher who simply killed animals for the fun of it. The ammo is too expensive, and farmers don’t have that kind of time to waste in the first place. Most farmers, by the way, have a very high respect for life and only kill when they feel they have no available alternative.
But since when did sparrows, starlings and blackbirds ever pose a real threat to anyone? They’re not going to fly off with your cow, and to blame these birds for eating the grain being fed to thecowsis ridiculous in the first place becausecows aren’t supposed to eat grain.
Cows are supposed to eat grass. If you arerunninga cow operation where the birds are eating your grain and you think the birds are the problem, the real problem is that you’re feeding cows the wrong food! If you raise your cows on grass, the birds don’t get into the grain and you don’t have topoisonthe birds.
You see, when one ecological element gets out of balance (feeding grain to cows, for example), it then causes another problem that must be dealt with in some other destructive way (such aspoisoningthe birds). This cycle of disharmony continues and escalates until entireecosystemsare out of whack. Then the USDA shows up with a pickup truck full of poison bait and goes to work poisoning animals.
The solution isn’t to keep poisoning animals and trying to control populations through toxic chemicals but rather toreturn to holistic web-of-life farming methodsthat work in harmony with nature rather than treating nature as the enemy.
Then again, we are talking about the U.S. Department of Agriculture here. And while the USDA has a great number of truly useful programs (such as their USDA organic label, which is a high-integrity program), the agency as a whole remains steeped in the conventional agricultural mythology of pesticides,GMOsand “poisoning varmints.”
How the federal government is abusing yourtaxdollars
All of this really makes me wonder about the whole argument of Big Government versus small government. The argument of those who say we should all pay ourtaxesis that the government needs yourmoneyto “build roads andschools.”
What they don’t bother to mention is that the government is also using your money in very destructive ways, too, such aspoisoning animalsand pushing GMOs into European nations (http://www.naturalnews.com/030828_G…).
Personally, I am ethically and morally opposed to my money being used for such destructive purposes. And even though I continue to pay my taxes, I do so under strong protest to the reality that my own government is committing anavian holocaust— acrimeagainst nature — with the help of the dollars I reluctantly send to Washington.
The very thought of it makes me sick. I would be more than happy to contribute money to actually building schools and roads. But to see my hard-earned dollars used by the USDA to murder innocent animals is extremely offensive, and it is a violation of my own ethics and principles. My main purpose in serving as the editor of NaturalNews.com has been toprotect life. And in my mind, that protection extends beyond human life. I believe we also have a reasonable obligation to protect the life of the animals around us — and the very ecosystems upon which we ultimately depend.
Although I can understand certain rare cases in which eliminating an animal may be the only logical choice for a farmer who is losing his crops and whose livelihood is at stake, it seems that the current killing of animals by the USDA is wildly indiscriminate and lacks proper moral or even economic justification.
Poisoning the humans, too?
It also brings up the bigger question that I posed in a previous article on this topic: If the U.S. government thinks nothing of murdering tens of millions of birds and mammals who have become a “nuisance,” then what happens whenthe human populationbecomes “too large” and needs to be controlled, too?
Will they simply feed us poison and hope we die off like the birds?
I might suggest that program is already under way. It’s called water fluoridation. Food additives. Vaccines. Pharmaceuticals.
And the government doesn’t call it murder, by the way. They refer to it as “euthanasia.”
The only difference is they’re killing the humans more slowly.