posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 10:22 PM
After reading the article, I don't think anyone expressed concerns about either the monetary cost, the labor, or the difficulty in cleaning up
the birds - I think they are concerned about the birds!
First the bird suffers the trauma, stress, and discomfort of being covered with oil and being unable to fly or get food, then it ingests oil when it
tries to clean itself up by preening and suffers the discomforts associated with that. Then there is more fear and stress because the bird is
vulnerable and can't escape predators.
Then it suffers the stress, fear, and trauma of being caught, caged, and transported.
Then it goes through the discomfort, fear, and stress of being cleaned while being forcibly restrained.
Then they restrain it again (or some more) and pour additional noxious (to the bird) substances down its throat to try to help it get rid of the oil
it has ingested.
Then it is placed in an unnatural confined environment, probably with other traumatized birds, and goes through whatever it is they do for
And after all that .. it still dies. Not really a surprise when you think about it, is it?
I think the concern here is .. if the bird has a 99% (or 90%) chance of dying anyway, why not spare it all that stress, fear, trauma, and discomfort
(which from the bird's point of view likely seems like torture) and give it a quick humane death instead?
I'm not sure which side I'm on, but I certainly see their point.