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Poisoned babies July 27, 2012

Here is an explanation why there's not a bigger outcry from the general public for the banning of rodenticides.
These signs were posted around the Great Lawn on July 25th. I can assure you that no one read them. The posting of these signs are required by law, but pesticide/herbicide manufacturers are not worried because they know how unobservant the general public are.
The sign warns that no one should go on the lawn after the herbicide is sprayed but the very next day...

I'm not going to provide links but if you are concerned you may want to look up the possible danger of these 'active ingredients' chemicals listed on the warning signs. Note that Wikipedia is not how you research these chemicals for true dangers.

Hold on tight my little friend, the Universe is on your side. That nasty poison you got inside your precious body is strong but no poison made by man is stronger than your will to live. You’re made from the best stuff that a young hawk can be made of, so no wicked human is going to take away the beautiful life that the Universe has in store for you.
Too many people love you and want you to live so you’re going to make it through this. Your father and mother’s power and love is inside you to help you make it.
Fight this wicked human world which hardly thinks of anyone else but ourselves. Humans are trying to push you and your kind away as our never ending greed and quest for success is destroying everything in our path.
Fight this wickedness and reclaim the earth for yourself and all the other animals--you are the only things which deserve to live here.

Both poisoned hawks are now with Bobby & Cathy Horvath being treated for poisoning.

I have lost my vigor for trying to get public support, especially local support, to help get rid of the rat poison.
Of course there are many people writing and trying to help, but there are just too many masqueraders. The latter being those who always appear interested when you see them in the park on their way to lunch. However if you talk to them you will discover that none of them wrote any letters or did anything else but remarked about how sad the situation is. These masqueraders are always interested in the latest news also--with a lust for knowing when and how and how many and who did what. That's human nature I suppose, but I can do without passive observers. For now I am visiting the park each day but I am not too eager to post new pictures and waste time begging for support. I am doing what I can on my own.
If you are a true supporter you will know what to do and you will do it without daily updates and big headlines. And if you are truly a lover of our natural world you will open your eyes and see what is happening for yourself and not listen to my ranting.
I haven’t heard from the NY Times or the Daily News since I contacted them about the latest poisoning bout. I guess the most important news item these days will be the Olympics.
Everyone is hooked on being entertained at the sight of young people--people’s children, babies torturing their delicate bodies to perform circus acts to the delight of the crowd. Many of those children will be crippled for the rest of their lives after the torment they’ll go through to perform for a moment of glory. And when they fall, and when they miss that jump their audience will scorn them as they are quickly swept away so that those eyes lusting for the perfect jump veers toward someone new.
If this is what we encourage our own human children to do then I can hardly expect any compassion for how animals fare.
The MET took away two poison boxes which were in plain sight but there is no way for me to tell if they really stopped the lethal poisoning.
The CP Precinct still has their bait boxes out. They asked me to write a letter for them to consider removing the bait, so I did. The AMNH did not remove their bait boxes and has passed the buck onto other departments for consideration.

I’ll stick at them and do what I can. My source of hope is that whatever force created these beautiful creatures cannot be one that will turn its back on them, while leaving an unworthy species like my own to flourish on their destruction. Whenever there is a patch of blue in the sky I strain my eyes at it hoping to see signs of that much needed turnaround for their sake.

Old postings concerning Palemale & Zena's sick babies.

Letters from hawk lovers concerning Palemale & Zena's sick babies.


[my reply to the MET's form letter in response to their rodenticide use]

Dear Mr Holtzer:

Your words, though eloquent, lacks substance. The hawk has not recovered and you have no right to assume this since you are so detached from the natural world around you. Have you sat with the hawk from dawn to dusk and watched his every move to determine this? Or have you come into the park for even five minutes to see the effect of your reckless extermination practices? No you haven't in both cases so do not announce with an air of authority that the bird has recovered. The bird was captured and is now in a rehab center where the two owners of the center is struggling to save him along with his sibling who was also a victim from poison used by the AMNH across the park.

Before you begin to construct any crafty reply to defend your museum's selfish ways you should immediately contact the rehab center and make a generous donation to ensure that there are no delays in the treatment of the sickened hawks because of lack of funds for veterinary services and other expensive treatments necessary for rehabilitating these precious animals.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art building is still owned by the people of New York City and if you cannot operate your museum without causing harm to the natural life in the park then you should relocate your art collection. Your museum is a hazard to the park's living creatures so you need to move out. Central Park and it's natural inhabitants takes priority over any commercial enterprises.

Lincoln Karim

Contact the rehabilitators and make a donation:

Bobby & Cathy Horvath
WINORR- Wildlife In Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation
202 N. Wyoming Avenue
N. Massapequa , N.Y. 11758
(516) 987-3961

The Form letter from the MET:

Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:28:31 -0400
Subject: Museum Pest Control

If you are in receipt of this email you have recently communicated with Emily K. Rafferty, President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, about recent reports that a young hawk seemed to have taken ill in an outdoor area next to the Museum. In my role as senior vice president for external affairs, I have been asked by Ms. Rafferty to reply. Some of you may remember that I offered comments to similar messages of concern back on August 1, 2008; that reply still lives on the website:

First, let me say how delighted and relieved we all were to read the recent update(on that indicates that the seemingly afflicted “fledge” appears to be alive and well and flying about. Happily, if it was indeed made sick by ingesting something, it seems to have recovered. Needless to say, we share your affection for these birds—they are frequently in our sight on the various rooftops of the building, and we have come to regard them as precious neighbors and a source of great delight.

That said, please understand that we are obligated—to our public, to our collection, and to the general issue of safety—to do battle against the vermin population that, without proper controls, would pose a major threat to the institution. Rats cause disease and fire hazards, and hold the potential to cause significant damage to works of art in various media, especially those made of organic material like textile, paper, or wood. We live in a challenging environment in our Central Park home. Of course it has always been our goal to focus pest control on the vermin alone, and to use materials that pose the least danger to predators and other native wildlife.

We fully believe that our professional advisors, Orkin, have developed a system that meets all these goals. We use bait boxes that birds and other animals cannot penetrate. We employ the chemical known under the brand name Contrac that, while deadly for rodents, almost always bring them from their nests, subject to predators, when they are dying, at which time the poison is no longer in their systems. In other words, once they have lost the ability to flee from predators like the hawks, when they are most likely to be caught, killed, and consumed, the poison has already left their systems and is inactivated—when there is no secondary danger to their captors. In this way we fulfill our obligations to protect the museum while minimizing the threat to the birds.

Nor do we set these traps indiscriminately. We first carefully test areas for infestation by putting out boxes that contain only food, and only when we detect proof that rats are entering and consuming the bait do we add the Contrac. This in effect minimizes the time the chemical is exposed to the elements—and to nature.

In all our work here, we strive to be environmentally sensitive, and we continue to have the highest respect not only for that which has been created by humankind, but also for that which has been created by nature. We believe we have balanced our responsibilities in the most informed and humane way possible, and trust you will understand that our staff vigilantly remains in close supervision of the entire process, and ever sensitive to changing technologies. All this said, we think we have not added any danger to the lives of our beloved hawks and their progeny.

We are pleased to learn that the bird in question appears to have recovered—and look forward to further discussion if you feel the need to dialogue. Many thanks for your concern.

With best wishes,
Harold Holzer
Senior Vice President, External Affairs
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
T: 212-570-3951
F: 212-570-3995
M: 646-894-6902