Law aimed at feeders of Telegraph Hill parrots
Photo courtesy TakmonaGardner.com
By Emmett Berg
June 6, 2007
The Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 yesteday to finalize a law
removing any ambiguities about the ban on feeding the Telegraph
Hill Parrots and other wild visitors to city parks and public
Board President Aaron Peskin said the law, which amends preexisting
police code protecting the red-masked parakeets and other wild
birds, was aimed at "a number of people who derive pleasure
by feeding the birds."
"You can derive that pleasure by looking at them in trees,
or by looking at them with binoculars - not by domesticating and
endangering them," Peskin said.
Experts the city government has consulted around the nation confirm
that artificial food sources jeopardize the birds' survival, said
Peskin, who co-sponsored the measure with Supervisor Bevan Dufty.
Supervisor Ed Jew, seated on the Board of Supervisors rotunda
again after arriving home from a trip to China, cast the lone
dissenting vote against the parrot amendment.
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