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August 3, 2008

In the Ramble on Sunday afternoon.



Lola in the Ramble near the Maintenance Meadow.



Palemale joins Lola in the Ramble Sunday morning.



Palemale near the basketball courts in Central Park.











































When you think of all the little innocent creatures which depend on the natural world to live healthy lives, you'd hope we reconsider using pesticides on the grass for one thing. In this baby sparrow's delicate little body what may the slightest trace of these poisons do to her?











Palemale eating a mouse caught near Cleopatra's Needle.


All images photographed on Sunday August 3, 2008.



The MET Rodenticide Use __ __ __ Updated Mail for July 2008 __ __ __ Dangers of Rodenticides

The Met is worried about their "insensitive to the environment image" caused by them contracting the use a chemical that threatens the food chain including the Red-tailed Hawks and Screech Owls . This case is a small, but an important step in decreasing the toxic threat of rodenticides to birds such as Pale Male and Lola. Bromethalin is a little studied and difficult to diagnose toxic without readily available accurate and precise means of analysis available to pathologists and veterinarians. Therefore, the recognition of the importance of Bromethalin as a wildlife mortality factor will be slow.
[Dr. Ward Stone]


Stop these selfish, self-centered, stubborn and phony human beings who run the MET from jeopardizing the precious lives of the only innocent ones who are doing something right...

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Philippe de Montebello (Director)
(212) 570-3902
email: philippe.demontebello@metmuseum.org



The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Emily Rafferty (President)
(212) 570-3900

email: emily.rafferty@metmuseum.org



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This is the recent stock response from the MET to people who are writing about the museum's lethal and careless rodenticide use:


I spoke to Mr Holzer on the phone on Friday. He claims that the protection of the museum's works of art take priority over anything else including the welfare of wildlife in the park. I told him since the museum is so concerned for the protection of its art collection why did they choose to put a restaurant in the middle of it since restaurants are a sure way to attract rodents. I then questioned his priority...If the museum is so concerned for its art why not remove the restaurant and keep food out of that building.
Mr Holzer then hastened the conversation to an end which I obliged him without unnecessary and useless salutations.


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From: Holzer, Harold
Subject: Metropolitan Museum Communication
To: "Harold Holzer (Holzer, Harold)"
Date: Friday, August 1, 2008, 9:49 AM


We are in receipt of your recent email to our executives on the subject of the Museum’s essential pest-control efforts, which as the institution has explained in its statements—I attach the most recent one—is absoluitely crucial to the protection of the staff and visitors, but also to ensure the safety of the collection of two million works of art for which we are the responsible stewards. I am sure you know that these works cover five millennia of human artistic achievement at the highest levels of creativity, and that they are the means of educating and enlightening our own and future generations about the many cultures represented here. As a practical matter, much of the collection is in storage, and any rodent infestation poses a severe danger to works on canvas, paper, or made of textile, wood, or other organic material. Such damage would be irreversible It is our irrevocable responsibility to safeguard the works for all future time.


That said, we are cognizant of and sympathetic to the concerns of environmentalists who care deeply about the natural order, and we acted immediately when alerted that unusually virulent chemicals were being employed by a contractor to bait rodent traps outside the perimeter of our building. The chemicals were changed to the same formulas used in rodent traps throughout the city’s parks, and widely recognized by experts as posing little damage to predators of rats because the material is slow-acting: by the time it kills the rodent, the chemicals have sufficiently dissipated so as to pose no threat to those who feed on it.


Please be assured that we continue to monitor these baiting stations and closely observe the situation. We are pledged to working as sensitively as possible to balance our responsibilities to the millions of people who work and visit the Met, together with the works of art they care for or come to see, as well as the beautiful park we have been privileged to occupy for more than a century.


Many thanks for your continued interest.


Harold Holzer
Senior Vice President, External Affairs
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028


T: 212-570-3951
F: 212-472-2764
Email: harold.holzer@metmuseum.org


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