Stop shooting Snowy Owls at New York Metro-Area airports
  • Petitioned New York Governor

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New York Governor
New York State Senate

Stop shooting Snowy Owls at New York Metro-Area airports

    1. Devin Hefferon
    2. Petition by

      Devin Hefferon

      Watertown, MA

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December 2013

Victory

The Port Authority has agreed to work with the Department of Environmental Conservation to relocate Snowy Owls captured at NY/NJ airports.

Snowy Owls travel thousands of miles south each winter from the Canadian tundra where they spend the spring and summer. They are often temporary visitors to airports(urban tundra) along their route south. Airports like Boston's Logan International have a fantastic and successful history of trapping and re-releasing these magnificent animals away from the dangers of the airport.

It has been reported by NBC that " The Port Authority’s “wildlife specialists” started exterminating the owls Saturday, killing three at JFK Airport with a shotgun." The senseless slaughter of the what is arguably one of our most charismatic and beautiful birds is truly deplorable. There are clearly other effective methods for managing these birds that are being ignored. This practice must be stopped immediately.

We ask The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to seek other proven non-lethal methods for ensuring the safety of air traffic and the Snowy Owl. 

NY Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/snowy-owls-added-port-authority-kill-list-article-1.1541823

Learn more about Mass Audubon's Snowy Owl Project here: http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/blue-hills/snowy-owl-project

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 10,000 signatures
    2. KEEP THE PRESSURE ON

      Devin Hefferon
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for your support. Please keep the pressure on and lets drive the message home. Please continue to share this petition via Twitter, Facebook, and Email. Here is the link: http://chn.ge/1iQiLSw

      The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey: Stop shooting Snowy Owls at New York Metro-Area airports

      Snowy Owls travel thousands of miles south each winter from the Canadian tundra where they spend the spring and summer. They are often temporary...

    3. Reached 6,000 signatures
    4. Reached 5,000 signatures
    5. PORT AUTHORITY AGREES TO WORK WITH DEC TO RELOCATE OWLS

      Devin Hefferon
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to everyone who has signed this petition. After 7 hours and over 3,200 signatures, the latest report is that the Port Authority has agreed to work with the Department of Environmental Conservation to relocate Snowy Owls captured at NY/NJ airports. This is great news!

      I suggest we all keep the pressure on and follow through to make sure that this issue stays fresh in everyone's minds. Every year we fragment habitat more and more. Many stewards are fighting to restore and protect that habitat. Meanwhile, the least the rest of us can do is allow these magnificent animals to coexist along side us. There are proven methods for dealing with a conflict like this and the Port Authority’s solution of shooting the Owls was barbaric, antiquated, and idiotic. We need to take a stand and demand that the more expensive and more involved solution to perceived problems like this not be ignored or discounted.

    6. THANK YOU AND GOOD NEWS

      Devin Hefferon
      Petition Organizer

      I am thankful for all of you who have stood up to be counted amongst those who won't stand for such ridiculousness. Please continue to be protectors of our wildlife and environment. Being from New York and now a transplant in Boston, I would argue that nowhere are our natural resources more important, awe inspiring, and vulnerable than in our cities.

      The Good News:
      http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/12/09/report-port-authority-targeting-snowy-owls-at-jfk/

      Port Authority: 5 Planes Struck By Snowy Owls In Tri-State Area

      NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - The Port Authority has said they are working with the state Department of Environmental Conservation in order to relocate snowy owls after a recent report that the agency had shot and killed some of the birds. The Port Authority said five planes from John F.

    7. Reached 3,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Teresa O'Connor SEATTLE, WA
      • 10 months ago

      There is no reason to shoot snowy owls to ensure airline safety. Logan Airport in Boston easily traps and re-locates them. This is cruel to shoot a beautiful migratory bird for no reason other than being lazy.

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    • Kalina Davis JACKSON, MI
      • 10 months ago

      What is wrong with people?

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    • Che Ma DAVENPORT, FL
      • 10 months ago

      Animals are important o our society.

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    • Kay Shaffer EAST WATERFORD, PA
      • 10 months ago

      These birds are protected. They are visitors here just looking for a food source. Show them some respect and hospitality.

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    • Francine Rouse CHARLESTON, SC
      • 10 months ago

      Because we have enough animals on the endangered species list. And owls play just as an important role to this world as we humans do.

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