NYC issues $300 tickets for ornamental birdbaths

by Walter Olson on April 29, 2012

The premise is that they are a public health menace since standing water in them might afford a haven for mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus. [Gideon Kanner]

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1 Roman 04.29.12 at 9:39 am

Silly me, I thought that many birds eat insects and there larve. Don’t see too much of a threat here. Another group of leftists knowing how to live your life better than you.

2 Jack B. 04.29.12 at 10:00 am

Someone with more technological know-how than me should modify these birdbaths so that they attract animals that feed on mosquitoes. Is there any way to make a birdbath that attracts, I dunno… birds?

3 ras 04.29.12 at 5:01 pm

The inanity of it is part of the power-tripping that motivates such people. See? We don’t even need a good reason to jerk you around.

4 Bill Alexander 04.29.12 at 7:25 pm

If you don’t let it go dry, a 10 cent goldfish will take care of the bugs, at least till a bird takes care of the goldfish.

5 Bill H 04.29.12 at 8:44 pm

If you don’t let it go dry, a 10 cent goldfish will take care of the bugs, at least till a bird takes care of the goldfish.

Same thing with running a small, inexpensive aquarium pump. Moving water =/= stagnant water. It doesn’t even have to be on continually.

This is probably a little too advanced for a nanny state to grasp.

6 gitarcarver 04.30.12 at 12:57 am

It takes 2 weeks for mosquito eggs to hatch. To prevent this, you can:
1) add something like “Mosquito Dunks” to the water. Or…
2) You can change the water every week or so. Most bird lovers will change it every other day, however. Or….
3) As Bill H noted, get an small pump. If you don’t want to deal with the electricity, get a small solar pump or a solar water “wiggler.”

7 Anonymous Attorney 04.30.12 at 11:40 am

This is an example of what Sam Francis called “anarcho-tyranny”:

Government cracks down hard on small, silly stuff like this and lets the big stuff run wild. Half a million illegal aliens in New York City? No problem. Illegal bird bath? Feel our wrath…

8 DensityDuck 04.30.12 at 5:15 pm

If you want to allow old white men to have birdbaths because “it’s no harm” then you have to explain individually to every young black woman why it’s not actually discrimination to fine her for having standing water in the tire tracks in her yard.

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