jaelmara (jaelmara) wrote,

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The Avian Holocost

Originally, I had planned on writing a piece in an Onionesqe style, which held the media to task for their biased coverage of the war of aviation agression. Untold birds have lost their lives in man's pursuit of travel. In this case "The plane had suffered “a double bird strike,” one of the pilots told an air traffic controller at the New York Terminal Radar Approach Control." Nyt 1-15-09

In fact, in man's domination of the sky, The United States has used "shock and awe" tactics:
"For years, the F.A.A., the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the United States Department of Agriculture have tried “to minimize the conflict between birds and planes,” Ms. Elbin said. Falcons, along with pyrotechnics, recordings of wild animals and propane cannons that create loud, startling noises, have been used to scare bird populations away from runways. But sometimes, the airports have been forced to relocate the flocks, or in the most extreme cases, kill them. “As a last resort you have to do lethal control to convince the rest of the flock that we mean business,” said Russell DeFusco, a member of the steering committee for Bird Strike Committee USA, a group that collects data on bird strikes."
NYT - 1-16-09

But, in one of the ironies of life, I came across something when reading Hot, Flat and Crowded... A tangent that went of the heart of my queries, led to Deep Ecology:

"Deep ecology is a recent branch of ecological philosophy (ecosophy) that considers humankind an integral part of its environment. It is a body of thought that places greater value on non-human species, ecosystems and processes in nature than established environmental and green movements. Deep ecology has led to a new system of environmental ethics. The core principle of deep ecology as originally developed is Arne Næss's doctrine of biospheric egalitarianism — the claim that, like humanity, the living environment as a whole has the same right to live and flourish. Deep ecology describes itself as "deep" because it persists in asking deeper questions concerning "why" and "how" and thus is concerned with the fundamental philosophical questions about the impacts of human life as one part of the ecosphere, rather than with a narrow view of ecology as a branch of biological science, and aims to avoid merely utilitarian environmentalism, which it argues is concerned with resource management of the environment for human purposes." (wikipedia 2-9-09).
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