Monday, April 28, 2008

Pigeon Brained

This takes the urban naturescape to a whole new level.

According to the Seattle Times, someone has been shooting pigeons with a blow gun. Given that most pigeons have pigeon brains, a shot to the head seems not to be fatal in several instances. The pigeon above was alive and a
quite athletic, good flier.
I have trouble approving of or denouncing this activity without additional facts. Does the shooter intend to eat the pigeon? (Probably not.) Is this part of a larger pigeon eradication effort? (Again, not so likely.) Is the problem with this the sport itself or the failure to quickly kill? (PETA probably thinks both, but I lean more heavily on the latter.) Is the pigeon from Capitol Hill or the University District, where piercing such as this would immediately elevate himto higher social circles? (Actully, the injured birds have been found downtown at Third and Union.) Wait a minute, Third and Union is awfully close to Benaroya Hall and the Seattle Art Museum. Is this some kind of sick urban art project? Hmmm... Where can you get a metal dart blow gun?

Image from Franziska Edwards and PETA

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