PETA's office is being flooded with calls from concerned citizens in San Juan Capistrano, California, regarding their councilmember's alleged statement apparently encouraging Orange County citizens to shoot crows. Council Hribar is quoted in The Orange County Register as calling crows "rats with wings," claiming San Juan Capistrano needs more people to take up firearms and kill them. Apparently, licensed hunters are being encouraged to go outside city limits and gun down migratory crows.
Lethal methods do not work for controlling unwanted wildlife populations, as more animals will simply move in to use the available resources. Also, if breeding female crows are killed, nonbreeding females will be prompted to mate. This can actually cause the crow population to increase! Furthermore, the use of firearms is exceptionally cruel, as many birds struck by pellets do not die quickly—they are merely maimed, many ultimately dying slow and agonizing deaths.
PETA sent an urgent letter to Councilman Hribar offering our assistance and urging him to recommend, support, and implement humane, long-term, and nonlethal bird-control methods instead. Sadly, he has so far ignored our request to support compassionate bird-control methods over cruel ones. These birds now need your voice! Please contact Councilmember Tom Hribar and politely ask him to stop encouraging people to shoot crows and to instead implement humane methods to control his region's unwanted bird populations.
Please send polite comments to:
The Honorable Tom Hribar
San Juan Capistrano City Council
32400 Paseo Adelanto
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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