July 19, 2004: Unverified report from Utah: There are
some things going on at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort that people need
to know about. I have found out through several sources that the ski resort is
doing things it should not be proud of. First, they are poisoning animals. The
bait is set out in the late evening and by the morning a whole bunch are dead.
They also destroy birds nests just because they poop on the cars. When they dump
their fire sprinkler system it drains into the river next to the resort and this
water includes glycol. There are a lot of great animals in our canyons and I
feel that if we want to keep them around we have to do something about these
21, 2004: Dear Animal Liberation Front,
This letter is in response to a July 19, 2004 posting
on the website www.animalliberationfront.com
regarding practices Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort. The information below
addresses each of the issues raised in the posting individually but it is
critical that visitors to the website and members of Animal Liberation Front
know the following: responsible stewardship of the Little Cottonwood Canyon
environment – animals, plants, watershed and forests – is a top priority
within Snowbird management and the foundation upon which our business is built.
Without a healthy and vibrant ecosystem, Snowbird would cease to operate as a
Through the replacing of thousands of trees removed
during the Little Cottonwood Canyon mining era, the reclamation of abandoned
mines, the planting of native seeds and other ongoing habitat efforts, Little
Cottonwood Canyon and Little Cottonwood Creek are cleaner and provide better
animal habitat than at any time in more than a century.
Unfortunately mice and other rodents are a common
problem in and around many structures including hotels and restaurants whether
located in valley or mountain locations. The July 19 posting brought to our
attention the unacceptable use of bait to control rodents in and around one of
Snowbird’s lodges. Snowbird management has ordered the immediate cessation of
this practice in favor of non-lethal relocation away from the Snowbird village
Any claims regarding the drainage of glycol into the
watershed are absolutely false. Snowbird does not and never has discarded glycol
into any watershed. Snowbird has an established procedure for recycling glycol
at a facility in Salt Lake City. This process can be verified through Salt Lake
City Municipal Water or Salt Lake County Service Area No. 3. This process
includes a regular testing of Little Cottonwood Creek, results of which can be
viewed at www.keepitpure.com.
Snowbird uses a non-lethal method of removing
unoccupied nests within its parking structure. Removal is only permitted before
nests are occupied. No occupied nests are removed and no birds have been harmed.
Many of Snowbird’s employees choose to work at the
resort because of the setting and environment. These individuals are often times
making less money than they could elsewhere so that they can be surrounded by
the environment and animals to which ALF professes its dedication. Snowbird
management is happy to discuss any concerns individuals or organizations may
have regarding the treatment of animals or the environment.
To contact Snowbird, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
and you will receive an immediate response.