A law has recently been passed in New Jersey to dissuade citizens from feeding seagulls.
Jersey’s Environment department has a plan
After the Environment department received many complaints about the behaviour of seagulls, minister Steve Luce proposed an update to Jersey’s public nuisance laws which was approved by the States last September.
Their plan is to continue dissuading people from feeding the pests, however there is now the option for stricter enforcement if necessary. If a person refuses to stop feeding the animals, a notice would be served and if that notice is breached, a file would be sent to the Attorney General.
The aftershock of unnatural bird-feeding
When we feed seagulls it gets them accustomed to being around people which then leads to them hanging around public areas like open-air restaurants, people’s backyards, and so on. Furthermore, when food is left out for birds it attracts other pests like mice & rats.
Returning birds to nature
The goal is to educate people on proper bird-feeding habits such as using bird-feeders rather than tossing ‘people food’ to seagulls. Their hope is that if Islanders stop feeding the gulls it would diminish food waste in the streets and it would lead to the birds eventually reverting to a natural diet & returning to the cliffs.
Landfills, how are they protecting birds from our wasted food?
The major bird related problem in landfills is the endless supply of our wasted food, though birds also often eat plastic, drywall, and other harmful garbage. Due to this all too common issue, landfills are promoting composting more than ever. Not only does it diminish the quantity of wasted food available to birds, it has many other environmental benefits. Composting enriches soil which helps retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests, encourages production of beneficial bacteria, reduces methane emissions from landfills and overall reduces your carbon footprint. Furthermore, to properly manage wildlife on their landfill sites, managers are deploying the Lockbird protect system. The purpose is to significantly reduce their ecological impact by scaring birds away with safe, eco-friendly deterrent systems. These systems are made with artificial intelligence in order to remove birds in a harmless and efficient way.