Recently there have
been several alerts involving pigeons, in one instance a person feeding pigeons
in a public space was assaulted and the bird seed grabbed...Another alert notes
that a canned pigeon shoot is planned in Pennsylvania, which will kill thousands
of pigeons for the pleasure of the sharp shooters (both items enclosed
below)...'DO NOT FEED THE PIGEONS' signs are everywhere. In the USA pigeons are
viewed as a plague, a nuisance, or an object of pleasure killing, not as living
beings worthy of respect...No surprise though, as the vast majority in the west
are followers of the Judeo.christian religious tradition, which explicitly states
that man may harm and kill animals for his own benefit.
How different it
is in India!
For almost all animals there is a marked difference in how
they are treated in India, a nation whose mainstream religions teach that ALL
life is sacred and by the west, where the judeo.christian tradition grants
humans the right to harm and slaughter them for human benefit.
elephants, monkeys, dogs and even the humble pigeon fare better in India. It is
considered a blessing to feed them and Jain temples often allow individuals on
temple grounds to feed the Pigeons. The following shows a Jain Temple in Kerala
where people come everyday at noon to feed the pigeons, because it is part of
the Jain religion to care for animals:
Rather than a plague or a nuisance pigeons are viewed
as living beings, who have the right to live free from human harm. Feeding
them is a blessing....
The following items are the result of the
flawed model of compassion of the judeo.christian religious tradition. It is
clear that when animal abuse is sanctified by religion, humans too are more
vulnerable to assault and abuse:
The first alert:
From: New York
Bird Club email@example.com
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Assaulted when feeding birds
As I was feeding the birds, a man and a
woman grabbed my bag of bird seeds and threw it away. They shouted at me and
put their fingers up in front of my face and put their hands on me. Several
passersby took pictures and called 911. But the perpetrators fled in their
vehicle, NY plate CMH 9863. Five police cars sped up with their sirens on,
but after hearing what the complaint was about, refused to do anything and
were laughing about the incident. I forced them to fill out a Harassment
complaint and they gave an Incident Information Slip and I am to call a
phone number. They told me there a lot of such incidents of citizens
harassing people who feed birds. The police did not take the incident
seriously, even though they sped up to the scene with sirens whaling. If the
same thing happened for another reason, they would have chased the vehicle
that left the scene of a crime, but because it was about feeding birds, they
took the entire scenario as a joke.
The second alert:
six days, starting Saturday Feb. 20 and bleeding into the next day,
thousands of innocent pigeons, unaware of where they are or what is to be
their fate, will be stuffed into small wooden boxes, then launched into the
merciless fire of shooters who will laugh and smile at the carnage that
follows. This is what is called 'fun' for the members of the Pike Township
Sportsmen Association in Pennsylvania.
SHARK is wholly committed to
fighting these barbaric pleasure kills and we will be at the shoots - but we
need your help.
Pigeon shoots clearly violate state law, yet Berks
County District Attorney John Adams, who has jurisdiction over the Pike
Township shoot, has not only refused to file charges, but has personally
intervened and had charges that had been filed by a human police officer
withdrawn. Adams, who has received election contribution from bird shooters,
has failed his job and betrayed the public trust given to him.
Please call PA Governor Ed Rendell and PA Attorney General
Tom Corbett. Tell them that this weekend a major violation of State law is
going to occur. Demand that they take action to uphold the laws and
principles of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and stop this shoot now.
Please call and write them today and all week.
Attorney General Tom
Governor Ed Rendell:
Phone: (717) 787-2500