Our group, Ban the Cannons, recommends a total ban on all noise polluting bird
as specified in our
presented to the Ministry of Agriculture
in the fall of 2001.
This page focuses on some of the many steps that the Ministry and the blueberry growers could take to rid us of noise polluting bird scare devices. These ideas are in addition to the thoughts presented in our group's position paper.
- Third, someone should investigate why some farms do not use and do not need noise polluting bird scare devices. What makes these farms successful? Is it possible that the bird predation problem isn't as serious as some make it out to be? One good example is the Matsqui Prairie Farm called Organic Blue. They use no pesticides and no cannons. Now this is a farm to patronize for your summer supply of berries.
- Fourth, the organic farm mentioned above also traps starlings. If all farms followed similar practices maybe there wouldn't be a starling problem at all.
- Fifth, the phase out of cannons should be complaint driven. In areas where farms are generating a lot of complaints, their right to use noise polluting bird scare devices should be removed. But they should also be provided with funding assistance and tax breaks to become more environmentally friendly. In areas where farms are more isolated, the use of noise making devices is more acceptable, at least in the short term.
The bottom line here is that there are many things the government and the grower organizations could do to solve the noise pollution problem, and ultimately eliminate noise polluting bird scare devices. But they are doing nothing!
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