A New Jersey farmer has killed hundreds of blackbirds but faces no charges for harming the birds, which are protected under the Migratory Bird Act. According to Philly.com, the Millville farmer used a legal, Department of Environmental Protection-approved pesticide to cull the birds and protect a corn crop. Because the pesticide was applied in the prescribed manner there are no violations for its use, and authorities are considering the matter closed.
Do you agree that because the pesticide was applied legally, that should absolve the farmer for the harm to the birds, or should the pesticide be more closely regulated so it poses less of a threat to wildlife? Should farmers be required to use other methods for bird deterrents or need special permits for culling? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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