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Killing a Pigeon With a Skateboard
Sun 6-Dec-09
11:57 pm
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Tim
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I was shown an article in a newspaper today telling the story of a young man who hit a pigeon with his skateboard and then wrung its neck with the intention of eating it.  He was arrested, put on trial and fined £85 for causing unnecessary suffering to a wild bird.  The police threw the dead bird away.

I wonder did the bird suffer any more than being; shut in a small cage, driven a distance to a slaughter house, grabbed as it protested, hung upside down, clipped into a conveyor, head dunked in an electric water bath, throat cut by a revolving disc knife.  Or was it more because members of the public can't cope with the idea of where their food comes from?

Well, that didn't go quite as expected

Mon 7-Dec-09
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Toffeeapple
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SurprisedSurprised  What is the world coming to?  Pigeons are meant to be eaten aren't they?  How much did the trial and police time cost and who pays the bill?  No, don't tell me, I already know the answer...Yell  I wonder, if the young man had done the same thing to a rat would he have been treated in the same way?Confused

I'll try that again!

Mon 7-Dec-09
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Probably, because I've just heard that two of the celebrities in the jungle thing are now to go to court for killing a rat and eating it!  But that was in Austrailia.

We're told that pigeons are a health hazard and so they are destroyed by pest controllers, is this also distressing to the birds and public?

I really need to find a different world

Well, that didn't go quite as expected

Tue 8-Dec-09
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Glen
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I've had this discussion many times over the years. As someone who used to shoot and fish (purely for the pot) and was fanatical  about delivering the one-shot instant kill, I was always amused when people thought it "cruel", yet happily bought supermarket meat that had lived in truly obscene conditions for months, been crammed into a cattle/pig wagon for many, many hours, then queued up to be killed at a slaughter house - dying in fear as they were being able to smell and hear what was coming! ... But I   was cruel !?  I think that people are generaly so far removed from the reality now of where thier food comes from that they mistake thier own personal sensibilities with a definition of cruel. For example, if I see a pheasant or rabbit run over, if it's not dead, I'll finish it off rather than leave it suffering, yet I know good and decent people who have hit rabbits with thier car by accident, but "couldn't possibly"  either get out and kill it, or if they don't know how, run back over it "as that would be horrible and anyway, it's cruel" ... but obviously leaving it to die slowly isn't? !  This is how far our society has got from reality!

If the guy killed the pigeon outright and ate  it, then good for him!  (if he killed it for the sake of killing then no).  Better that than some of the horrible conditions factory chickens are raised in.

This is why although a meat eater, I have every respect for vegetarians -  at least they are not lying to themselves like the vast majority of folk who say to themselves they are not cruel people, yet buy battery "farmed" eggs, and chickens/turkey/ducks that have been raised in horrible conditions but close thier eyes and ears to that inconvenient fact.

Free range chickens are more delicious by a long way too, and I love pigeon!  Anyone got a skateboard I can borrow ?.......

 

Meus terra erro est frigus

Wed 9-Dec-09
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You can come and catch pigeons here at our apartment building. Our apartment was originally flat roofed but when they did put a roof on it they didn't block the square drainholes from the roof and that is where the pigeons get in and nest. I was thinking of blocking it off as there are rather a lot of them and quite often they fly into our windows, leaving ghostly impressions on them but I had second thoughts. Things are tough here in Latvia and pigeon pie over winter may just be what is needed for some folks- think I might fatten them up instead. Hehehe.

As for knowing the source of the their food, they certainly do out here. Many a family keep pigs over the summer and they all kill their own for over the winter.

Wed 9-Dec-09
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Tim
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Glen, I couldn't agree with you more.

The impression I got from the article was that the guy concerned fully intended to eat the pigeon, he just didn't get the chance as it was thrown away by the old bill

Well, that didn't go quite as expected

Fri 11-Dec-09
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Do you know were this bin is just curiousWink

Its all about money that's all , you can pay to have it but if you get it for free your braking the law...... well bad news to them im going to still do the things i do and you have to follow me if you want to catch me, them ill sue them for stalking lol.

Fri 11-Dec-09
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You tell 'em Mutley!Smile

I'll try that again!

Sat 12-Dec-09
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Tim / Glen / Mutley - you are just telling it as it is in this 21st century. Crazy but true.

And we (Fiona and myself) are only just waking up to the reality of where our meat and eggs come from and how our suppliers treat the animals in their care.

Never knowingly underfed

Tue 22-Dec-09
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AJ
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He was probably saved from a case of food poisoning by the police throwing the pigeon away. Urban Avian Rats as I like to call them are so full of diseases that I have to freeze them for at least two weeks, before I feed them to the ferrets. Unlike the Woodpigeon, (columba polumbus) that is a wholesome meat that I would eat at anytime and anyhow.

You are all right though! People have lost touch with reality, because an animal comes pre packaged, that is all they see.

Never mind, come the end of the world those who can, will survive, those who cannot, will perish. Wink

AJ

Wed 23-Dec-09
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I was wondering about that AJ, what species it was I mean. 

I'll try that again!

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