5 thoughts on “Opinion: The Ban on Feeding Animals in City Parks is Smart Policy

  1. While I agree with your ecological assessment, I think you ignore the sociological fabric. For some New Yorkers feeding the birds or squirrels is an exit from the isolation of their homes and helps them form community. I don’t think that should be penalized. New York City parks are full of banned activities—why ban another that will likely affect some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers?

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  3. Feeding seed to birds is good; unfortunately, most people feed scraps of bread to birds, which is not healthy for them and can even be dangerous. Feeding bread and cornflakes to birds also attracts rats; the only problem I see with that is that when the rat population explodes, the city will respond by putting out poison, which is likely to contaminate the water supply.

    And the squirrels are so tame they’ll eat from your hand; a potential problem with that is getting bitten; a squirrel bit me once, but fortunately wasn’t rabid.

  4. This is so wrong. The birds and squirrels of NYC have lived here for generations and are not fully “wild” the way other wild animals are. For animals in parks human feedings are how they get food. There are not enough nut trees and berry bushes to feed them. Remember the carrier pigeon used to be millions across america and are now extinct. And the science about bread feeding being harmful is wrong. It has not been proven to cause angel wings. Bread feeding bans in UK had to be reversed when swans started dying of starvation and people were asked to start feeding them bread again. The rat problem is increasing because the city is allowing whole parks to be filled with vendors and tables from nearby restaurant associations. Human garbage is feeding the rats. How about we increase parks sanitation budget and cut back on cafe tables and vendors in parks? City people have little opportunity to see wild animals. And for someone who claims to be an expert on animal protection to spread conspiracy theories about animal diseases..it is rare to catch diseases from wild birds and squirrels.is just wrong. Wonder who he really works for. Restaurant associations who are setting up all those tables filling our parks???

  5. Apparently, the goal is to empty city parks of what little wildlife still remains.
    Shame on the author for writing this tripe.
    He has obviously never witnessed city ducks or geese starving on iced-over watercourses in winter.
    I have.
    Starvation is a horrible way to die.

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