Some 15,000 birds in Malden, Missouri were killed recently by liquid detergent bombs dropped from aircraft.
CU Dead bird ZOOM OUT to GV swampland
SV PAN UP from dead bird around base of tree to dead bird in tree
CU Man walking among dead birds
SV ZOOM INTO CU dead bird in tree
CU Interior Department Official Paul Lefebvre interviewed (SOUND ON FILM)
SV, LV & SCU Birds flocking to roost at Milan (4 shots)
LV PAN from birds overhead to farm buildings and livestock (2 shots)
CU & LV Birds roosting (2 shots)
OFFICIAL: "In some cases we have achieved success in terms of killing some of the birds, we've not eliminated any great numbers of birds, though".
REPORTER: "Do you consider this the most humane way to do that?"
OFFICIAL: "It's hard to say, from the bird's standpoint, whether it's humane or not. But from a human standpoint I've heard that freezing to death from exposure is the easiest way to die, in terms of discomfort and pain".
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Background: Some 15,000 birds in Malden, Missouri were killed recently by liquid detergent bombs dropped from aircraft. The detergent washed away the birds' natural oils and they froze to death. Now farmers, across the Mississippi River in Milan, Tennessee, want the U.S. Government to kill hoardes of blackbirds which they say are endangering health and crops.
On Tuesday (16 February) a reporter from the American National Broadcasting Corporation interviewed an official of the U.S. Department of the Interior -- under whose aegis the programme would be carried out -- about the nature of the operation.