See New York Daily News blog and Councilman Felder's remark to bird club:
If you are interested in being a spokesperson at the rally, please let me know.
What: rally & press conference in opposition to Councilman Simcha Felder's bill (Fine $1,000 for pigeon feeding).
Where: Steps of City Hall, New York, NY
Located within the small City Hall Park in lower Manhattan between Broadway, Park Row and Chambers Street. : rally & press conference in opposition to Councilman Simcha Felder's bill (Fine $1,000 for pigeon feeding). Steps of City Hall, New York, NY Located within the small City Hall Park in lower Manhattan between Broadway, Park Row and Chambers Street.
Subway: 4,5,6 to Brooklyn Bridge - City Hall; R,W,N,R to City Hall; A,C,J,M,2,3 to Chambers Street.
When: Friday, November 30th at Noon to 1.
From: Margaret Wright <mwright62@cox. net>
To: Maggie@naturescorne rmagazine. com
The New York City pigeons are in great need of your support and prayers.
There is a movement afoot in the city government to make it illegal to feed
a pigeon. Specifically, Democrat Councilman Simcha Felder wants to fine
anyone who feeds a pigeon $1000.
Pigeons are descendants of the Rock Dove that lived in cliffs along with the
seagulls, gannets, puffins and seals in northern Britain (among other
places). They nested in cliff cubby holes to raise their young. Today's
pigeons do well in cities because living in the nooks and crannies of tall
city buildings instinctively replicates how their ancestors lived.
Pigeons are not our enemy. Over the years, they have helped humankind by
carrying messages across war lines in World War II, as well as carrying
blood samples between hospitals and laboratories. Their likeness is used as
the image of the Holy Spirit in Christianity today.
Pigeons are gentle, intelligent animals. They have lived peacefully with
fellow New Yorkers (and other people in other cities) for eons. They are
not overly disease-ridden: there have not been any New Yorker epidemics from
them over the years. They are NOT "rats with wings." They are some of the
ONLY remaining nature that New Yorkers have left. They should be treated
There have been many suggested ideas by more rational people than Mr.
Felder, such as pigeon expert Andrew Blechman. The link to his article in
the New York Times is below:
http://www.nytimes. com/2007/ 11/25/opinion/ nyregionopinions /25CIblechman. html
For the past few months, I have been infuriated to read about the illegal
netting and trapping of pigeons that has been done in New York City by THUGS
..and no one in the city government has seemed to do a thing about it.
These birds were either sold for food...or WORSE! They were sent to "pigeon
shoots" to be used as "real pigeons" as opposed to "clay pigeons!" I
remember reading about the horrible Pennsylvania pigeon shoots where the
birds were released in the air to be shot for target practice. If they were
not dead, some of the spectators were known go KICK and STOMP on the wounded
birds until they died. AND some of these spectators were children!!!! What
are we teaching them???? What is wrong with us???? And now we want to
If you care about the pigeons, please send a note to Mayor Bloomberg of New
York City to resolve this issue with the pigeons in a more humane manner.
For more information, you may refer to the links below.
http://peopleforpig eons.blogspot. com/ (People for Pigeons web site)
http://newyorkbirdc lub.blogspot. com/ (New York Bird Club BLOG)
Thank you & Blessings,
Creator, Nature's Corner Magazine