- Mayor Fred EisenbergerCity of Hamilton
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The City of Hamilton is preparing to shut down the Aviary and separate the flock. We need everyone who cares about the welfare of the birds to contact their ward councillor as well as the mayor and ask them to postpone a vote scheduled for Monday, so that a decision can be made with the consultation of the dedicated team of volunteers who care for these birds.
On Wednesday October 11th the city met with the FOTA board of directors to present their plan, making it seem as though it had already been approved. This plan includes vacating the building, and working with Animal Services to find new homes for the birds in the next 3 months.
This proposal was written without any consultation with the volunteers who have cared for these birds 24/7, 365 days per year for more than 25 years. If passed, the proposal would separate the flock, which is cruel. It would add further stress to move the birds a second time when we build a new aviary IF they adjust to their foster home. This would be the end of the Hamilton Aviary.
Our counter-proposal is reasonable and doable - we want the birds to stay together and to remain in our care while we look for a new building, as we are familiar faces to the birds, have cared for them for such a long time, and the flock has been together for most of their life. Simply, we would like to remain as the caretakers of the birds and have full decision on where and who takes care of them while this building search goes on.
Please lend your voice to this important issue.
- City of Hamilton
Mayor Fred Eisenberger
Dear Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Councillors Aidan Johnson, Jason Farr, Matthew Green, Sam Merulla, Chad Collins, Tom Jackson, Donna Skelly, Terry Whitehead, Doug Conley, Maria Pearson, Brenda Johnson, Lloyd Ferguson, Arlene VanderBeek, Robert Pasuta, Judi Partridge.
The Friends of the Aviary asks that the vote scheduled to take place tomorrow at the Public Works meeting, regarding the closure of the Hamilton Aviary, be deferred until FOTA members have the chance to work with city staff on a recommendation that will more accurately represent the current state and options for the future of the aviary.
Friends of the Aviary contests the report and recommendations tabled for Monday’s Public Works meeting. FOTA, the volunteers who have cared for this flock for 25 years, was not consulted in the development of the report and refutes its findings. We are asking all councilors to step in and motion to postpone the vote until a new report, with input from FOTA, has been prepared and presented.
The attached petition shows that the community supports this motion by FOTA. Please consider how the vote would affect the community. It would be unjust to proceed without consulting the people that have cared for the birds for over 25 years.
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