I read with great interest your article about a pyrotechnic explosion on a film location in south Langley [Hollywood North a noisy neighbour, Sept. 11, Langley Advance]. The reactions of the residents are completely understandable, and I have tremendous empathy for those with livestock that had to endure the situation - particularly the horses that reared and ran "hell bent for leather." Our family feels their pain.
I've lived in Langley for more than 45 years, and have seen a number of blueberry farms spring up in our South Langley community in the past three years.
From dawn to dusk every day, from June through September, these new farms have propane cannons blasting.
The equestrian farms in our area, many of which have been breeding, raising, and training horses for decades, now are trying to make sense of this devastating practice of using audible bird scare devices (ABSDs) that are so destructive to the surrounding community.
Our veterinarian has described the impact to animals as "extremely traumatic."
A motion was put forward by Councillor Kim Richter at Monday's Township council meeting to address the propane cannon issue.
While all of speakers on both sides were informative and passionate about their experiences, I was impressed by the pertinent questions asked by some councillors (most notably Richter and Charlie Fox) which stood in stark contrast to the queries of Coun. Steve Ferguson, who kept asking if anyone had brought him blueberries.
I guarantee that the councillor would not eat another berry if he had to endure 130 decibel blasts going off every few minutes from 6: 30 a.m. to 8: 00 p.m.
One of the speakers described the noise situation most accurately as "a living hell."
The destructive impact of these ABSDs is so profound that I know that our neighbours and their families will never again eat blueberries grown by farmers who use propane cannons.
K. Hawkins, Langley
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