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Will NFL neglect welfare of birds?

With all its glass, the new Vikings stadium will kill them

The American Bird Conservancy has asked the National Football League to modify plans for the soon-to-be-built Minnesota Vikings stadium. It will feature large expanses of glass that will kill thousands of birds over time, says the organization.

Pleading for mercy, the conservancy notes that teams are named after birds: Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, and Arizona Cardinals.

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The American Bird Conservancy has asked the National Football League to modify plans for the soon-to-be-built Minnesota Vikings stadium. It will feature large expanses of glass that will kill thousands of birds over time, says the organization.

Pleading for mercy, the conservancy notes that teams are named after birds: Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, and Arizona Cardinals.

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A league that ignored the health of thousands of players is unlikely to care about some birds that might fly into expanses of glass. Is the NFL making any attempt now to protect the brains of its gladiators from damage? Let's look at this realistically. The league is not in business for anything but the profit and ego gratification of its team owners. Where do some birds fit into that picture? Answer: they don't.

July 31, 2014

Visduh: Precisely. A league that doesn't seem to give a hoot about the health of its players and former players cannot be expected to care about birds. Your description of NFL owners is right on. Best, Don Bauder

July 31, 2014

I think this story is worthy of sharing on Twitter.

July 31, 2014

Ponzi: I tried to work the word "Tweet" into this but couldn't think of anything. Best, Don Bauder

Aug. 1, 2014

This reader didn't even GET Ponzi's joke until I read Bauder's retort twice. I choose not to believe this makes me hopeless and instead congratulate Mr. Bauder on following the Audubon Society warning about glass stadiums killing birds of all kinds -- not just "some birds." And especially the glassy new NFL stadium in the Twin Cities, so close to the avian flyway along the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.

Aug. 1, 2014

monaghan: What about the wind turbines used for generating electricity? Some lovers of green energy applaud them, but bird lovers don't. They slaughter birds. Best, Don Bauder

Aug. 1, 2014

Also, I loved the crow in a Vikings football helmet.

Aug. 1, 2014

monaghan: I don't get credit for the crow in the Vikings helmet. I believe the credit goes to Robert Mizrachi of our staff. Best, Don Bauder

Aug. 1, 2014

EVEN NATIONAL OUTCRY WON'T CHANGE BUILDER'S MIND. The National Audubon Society, the bird-lovers' organization, says that even "a national outcry and demands from many of Minnesota's leading officials" won't deter the builder of the Vikings stadium. The cost to switch to safer glass would be only $1 million, says Audubon "less than one-tenth of one percent of the estimated billion-dollar project."

But the builder isn't budging. Audubon is asking for donations to help put more pressure on. Best, Don Bauder

Aug. 7, 2014

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