• 18 NOV 05
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    Suspected EMR effects on birdlife

    From Betty Venables:

    Hi Don,

    Further to your list message of last Sunday ‘Where have all the sparrows gone?’ There are reports from our website of observations of suspected rfr effects on birdlife.

    Betty Venables – EMR safety Network Int’l


    With regard to electrical sensitivity, it appears that as well as many highly sensitive humans, domestic pets, other animals and birds sharing our EMR polluted environment have a story to tell. The report of Professor Dr. P.Semm and R Beason, avian brain study. “ėResponse of neurons to amplitude modulated microwave RF. “ėcontains interesting comments ” Although individual neurons in the zebra finch brain responded to the pulsed RF stimulus, we do not know whether these responses by the nervous system are manifested in the bird’s behavior or its health. “Ě

    And “Whether similar neuronal responses occur in mammals, including humans, requires further investigation. Borb√©ly and coworkers [3] reported that exposure to a RF signal similar to the one we used influenced sleep and sleep electroencephalogram in humans. Their results and the responses we recorded clearly indicate the potential for effects on the human nervous system.”Ě > [3] Borb√©ly, A. A., Huber, R., Graf, T., Fuchs, B., Gallmann, E., and Achermann, P., Pulsed high-frequency electromagnetic field affects human sleep and sleep electroencephalogram, Neurosci. Lett., 275 (1999) 207-210.

    This immediately calls to mind a case here in Sydney, NSW, Australia, where a large number of caged exotic birds developed uncharacteristic destructive behaviour, which veterinary science could not explain. Most birds refused to breed, the few that did ejected the young from the nest, prematurely. Of two that survived only one was relatively normal, the other had no feathers. Some breeds became aggressive, attacking mates. Canaries were disinclined to sing and their song was limited in range. Most birds molted excessively “” recognized as a sure sign of stress.

    Our attention was drawn to this case due to the particular location, a suburban residence, 200 metres distance from a large 50Hertz electricity substation, where an analogue mobile phone transmitting antenna had operated from the same site for some time. The birds had obviously tolerated this EMR environment with impunity until about three months after the upgrading of the mobile phone transmitter from analogue to the digital signal, when a dramatic change occurred in their health and behaviour . At the same address two pet dogs refused to sleep in their usual location, and a neighbour”ôs homing pigeon flock became too disoriented to perform normally.

    In another Sydney suburb, soon after a digital mobile phone base station (MBS) was installed on a high rise apartment building where a flock of black crows normally roosted, local residents noticed that the birds became unusually restless and noisy, suddenly vacating the area. Health abnormalities aalso were increasingly noted among local residents who were concerned that the MBS emissions were implicated.

    These are not the only cases where uncharacteristic bird behaviour has been reasonably linked with RFR. Two reports of canary and budgerigar breeders linking foot deformaties and ‘curly’ feathers occurring, only after the installation of digital mobile base station antenna nearby, should be noted.

    The birds, by their bizarre behaviour appear to have communicated eloquently that a recent environmental change posed a major health hazard to their kind.

    In our view Professor Semm’s avian brain study is indeed pertinent to the first case related here.

    A study of birds, set up to emulate the real life environment of the caged birds we encountered, might well give meaningful results as to the behaviour and health outcome of birds and other living organisms, including humans, in our environment.

    Such research on functioning biological systems other than human should be followed by health studies of the human populations at risk, in the same RFR zones, adding to the valuable studies of Dr Bruce Hocking (Australia) and Professor Santini (France), two such studies that should be used to influence authorities to establish further serious investigation of the health status of people in these high risk environments.

    Wild birds can choose their habitat, avoiding risk to their survival, caged birds cannot, nor can the unborn and the very young human child. It is our responsibility to provide a safe environment for those dependant on our care.


    At a bird sanctuary approximately 40 kilometres from Christchurch birds were found to be dying in certain areas of the property Penny Hargreaves (Ouruhia, NZ ) visited the property and was surprised to find strong radiofrequency radiation (RFR) near a wire fence where the birds were found dead and a hedge was dying. Though the property is quite extensive it was only three places the birds were dying. The location was a small lake area surrounded by trees with wire netting on the planks surrounding the water. Dieback was evident on the tops of many of the trees n a clump near the lake/pond.

    Penny’s experiences show that where there is metal i.e., tin sheds, fences etc. there are more problems with animals illnesses and deaths and also with human health.

    Please see the website: http://canterbury.cyberplace.co.nz/ouruhia/


    I, and others have been exposed to emissions from a radio tower which had permission to transmit low levels of AM and in 1990 without permission illegally began transmitting FM. Many people and animals in the area became ill, some died. My family, staff, and animals have all suffered dreadful health problems. I am a public horse trainer and the effects on my horses was catastrophic. Penny Hargreaves For the full story please see the website: http://canterbury.cyberplace.co.nz/ouruhia/

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