Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York, NY 10007
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Since early November this year, a Great Horned Owl has taken up temporary residence in the Ramble in Central Park. The owl roosts during the daytime hours of 7:30AM to 5PM and then spends the nighttime hours flying and hunting in the Ramble and around the Lake in Central Park.
On December 31st there is a planned fireworks display for New Year's Eve, which will be set off from the Carriage Turnaround in Central Park. I fear that this will be a horrible experience for this Great Horned Owl and many other animals in Central Park. Allowing this annual fireworks event to go on as planned can be detrimental to this precious animal.
Please relocate this event somewhere outside of Central Park. Central Park is home to many animals which are tormented by this unnecessary demonstration of uncaring behavior by our city leaders. This year please show some respect and understanding for our precious wildlife that cannot speak for themselves.
I personally would like to see the fireworks display completely eliminated and have those funds spent on something more worthwhile and longer lasting like investments into our failing public schools and/or providing safe and sanitary toilet facilities throughout the city.
Surely a great many people will be disappointed for the loss of the half hour display of mindless entertainment, but not having the New Year's Eve fireworks display this year may start a healthy trend amongst other cities and towns to follow in New York City's example and sober ourselves to the reality that we need to change our destructive ways to make life for future generations of humans and animals more livable.
I am pleading to you to use your authority to take this disruptive event out of Central Park.