Pat Cook, vice-president of corporate affairs at SIGA, said that casino staff at Yorkton are working with Environment Ministry conservation officers to keep track of how the spotlights are affecting birds.
Last week, CBC News reported that Yorkton residents had found “hundreds” of dead birds around the spotlights.
An Environment spokeswoman said the working theory was that migrating birds were getting confused and disoriented by the bright lights, flying around until they tire out. They are then forced to the ground, sometimes getting killed in the process.
“It’s something to generate excitement and interest in our casinos,” Cook said, explaining the use of the lights as a marketing tool. “The purpose is to provide a bit of a wow factor for people when they come up to our entertainment.”
Jerrie from Sask writes: These lights are really tacky. The only wow factor here is Wow, what a waste of money. Why are there enforceable noise bylaws but no light bylaws? These lights make PA look like a fourth-rate Las Vegas. It seems that the Casinos have abandoned any sense of corporate social responsibility.
If it isn't obvious, I'd say light pollution for the sake of advertising is a classic example of greed and selfishness. Even if it isn't killing birds, I'd say it should be banned.
For more on the subject, see Ecological Indian Talk and The Facts About Indian Gaming.
Below: An example of Teepee Lights.