Friday, December 02, 2005

A West Haven Woman is Handcuffed and Locked Up for Protesting the Killing of Monk Parakeets

A woman who lives in the heart of monk parakeet territory was arrested last night for interfering with the United Illuminating crews that are trying to remove the birds' nests (and send the birds off to b e killed). WTNH in New Haven reported that Julie Cook was handcuffed, fingerprinted and locked up until midnight, charged with breach of the peace.

I haven't gotten any sense from the local newspapers of how many people are protesting the parakeet-removal program, or if the protesters are from the neighborhoods or outside agitators from so-called animal rights groups. (Reporters, please -- get out there and tell us what's really going on!) But you'd have to imagine that the frustration level in the neighborhood is pretty high if a person is willing to get arrested for the sake of monk parakeets.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Amy said...

As one of the protestors, I can tell you that we are all local Connecticut residents who are appalled at what's going on. There are no "outside agitators"!

12:31 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I'm a resident of West Haven as well and all my information indicates that only locals are being active here.

I've seen them several times and have resorted to screaming out my car windows whenever I've encountered them.

2:57 AM  

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