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Hi Dr. Greer:
Love your website…adds some “fire” to BPC.
You have always taken an interest in dog owners and their pets, the Koi, and Ducklings. This problem I think you will appreciate – and I hope you can help.
I eat in the Tribeca Whole Foods just about every day. For the past nine weeks a poor sparrow has been trapped in the seating area on the 2nd floor.
After about six weeks, and I just assumed the store would do something, I phoned their main office in Austin, Texas. The person who spoke to me was kind, and she said she would contact Regional HG, and the store.
The next day, one humane trap was put on the catwalk in the West & Warren St. corner where the bird usually is. With such a large area to cover why put up one and not more? In any event the bird is still flying around and frantically, and sadly, flying into the windows trying to get out. And needless to mention when birds do their “business” watch out below. In fact, and I have a photo if you want, I went to sit down and came face to face with “bird doo” on the table. Besides the “cheerful” appearance, bird droppings can be a health risk. I also have a photo of the bird.
Last Tuesday I phoned the Regional HQ and left a voice mail message that was not returned. I then called Austin last Thursday, spoke to someone, and she said she would pass the word along. This Monday I called and asked for a call back – of course they did not.
Its now nine weeks for this poor creature. I guess they are waiting for it to die: its cheaper to sweep it up than to catch it.
Its ironic, and infuriating, that Whole Foods spends so much time talking about the ethical treatment of animals that will eventually be slaughtered – and I agree totally with that position – but when they have a living, terrified, creature they could not care less about it. Maybe if you can embarrass them into action that bird can find its freedom.