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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Don’t change the law for Quaker parrots

Letter to the Editor

Recent articles regarding the legality of keeping Quaker parrots reveals a disturbing lack of understanding of what an invasive species is and the potential harm they may cause (Feb. 13: “City woman must part with her Quaker parrots”).

Living in New England offers many illustrations of the tremendous damage done by non-native plants and animals. We need to look no further than to the gypsy moth, Asian longhorned beetle or purple loosestrife to see what havoc they can do to our ecosystem.

By attempting to legalize keeping these birds, Rep. Jeanine Notter, R-Merrimack, and Rep. Kevin Avard, R-Nashua, demonstrate an appalling lack of judgment and intellect. To disregard the advice of professional wildlife experts charged with protecting our environment is troubling, to say the least.

Notter and Avard would better serve their constituents by solving problems rather than creating new one.

Marvin MacIntyre