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Wimbledon: The Latest Blood Sport?

Written by PETA | June 25, 2008

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Move over bullfighting, hunting, and dogfighting—there’s a new blood sport in town: Wimbledon Tennis. Yep, you read that correctly: The oldest tennis championship in the world—the home of manicured green grass courts and lily white uniforms—now has a blood-red body count. Don’t go jumping to conclusions: It’s not that PETA friend John McEnroe has unleashed his infamous temper on the court. No, the crime here is far more serious than a few choice expletives hurled at an intractable tournament official.

Hold on to your strawberries and (vegan) cream for this one—it seems that Wimbledon has hired sharpshooters to kill pigeons. And what crime did these pigeons commit to merit capital punishment? They pooped. More specifically, they pooped on some tables in an open-air restaurant frequented by media folks who cover Wimbledon matches. Now, I’m no expert in the area of pigeon control, but here’s an idea: How about getting a few patio umbrellas? Call me Einstein, but I’d guess that my solution is a whole lot cheaper—in terms of money and lives.

And even if Wimbledon officials don’t give a whit about compassion or public opinion, here’s something else that they might consider: Their actions seem to be illegal, as in they’re likely breaking the law. A U.K. law passed in 2006 prohibits “lethal control” of animals, except as a last resort. PETA Vice President Bruce Friedrich had more than a few choice words for Wimbledon, but here are a few that we can print:

Since the use of marksmen to kill pigeons appears to have been carried out as a first, rather than a last resort, and not out of a concern for public health, but rather because the animals were deemed inconvenient by players, you appear to be in clear violation of the law.

Posted by Grace Friedan

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  • Fawn says:

    Pigeons are in abundance this is true. So shooting them won’t threaten them in regards to extinction this is true. Taking the above theory into consideration. Lots of animals okay to kill them. Would that mean it would be okay to wipe out a few humans here and there heck we are the worlds greatest ‘inconvenience’ and ‘pest’. Of course it wouldn’t. I’m all for removing an inconvenience but did anyone ever think that by shooting a pigeon another one will simply take it’s place hence not fixing the problem. The best solution for everyone involved both humans and animals is deterants. Everyone wins. As for people like ai3d who seem to wonder how on earth we would ever look after all the surplus abused animals in the world if we stopped such exterminations aminals tests eating meat etc. We don’t eat meat they don’t breed ‘meat’ animals. We don’t test on animals they won’t breed test animals. We eliminate nesting sites and deter ‘pests’ they don’t breed..I’m a logical person it makes sense.

  • Tabitha says:

    Actually Ken I don’t like being a jerk. HOWEVER….it is the only way for me to have MY voice heard. HAS to be a two way street or else nothing gets done right?

  • Maya, CVT says:

    It’s impossible to know isn’t it Ken? I mean I’m sure some people are just here to be jerks but some seem very intelligent and are fun to have a discussion with. I usually judge by the spelling or lack thereof LOL

  • Ken says:

    Thanks Maya for your response. It’s interesting that omnivores would spend their time cruising around PETA’s website waiting for a chance to defend cruelty to animals. I’m not sure if these types just love a good argument or are do it for a living.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Ken I agree with your views but I don’t think we should unwelcome people who don’t agree with PETA. We can all slap ourselves on the back and preach to the converted all day long but that won’t change attitudes. It’s our job and our responsibility to protect animals through education. Let’s not push away that chance. I personally am glad to see the opposing view here.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    JR you are putting words into my mouth. Please read my comments carefully before you comment on them! Here is my original comment cut and pasted ” When is the last time you heard reports of the elderly or children coming down with psitticosis cryptococcosis or toxoplasmosis from feeding pigeons? ” You then changed the subject by mentioning a completely different disease and then by saying I asked about fungal spores. Please don’t put words into my mouth again. I don’t appreciate it.

  • Holly says:

    I love this quote… Clement wrote “It is far better to be happy than to have your bodies act as graveyards for animals. Go Vegan save up to 100 of Gods creatures per person per year save your health and our earth…

  • Ken says:

    To all you nolife omnivores in favor of killing animals Go away! You’re wrong. Your religion is wrong and your culture is wrong. EVERY SINGLE LIFE IS SPECIAL. PERIOD. So go on blabbering about killing birds and stomping spiders while proving to the truly comassionate how ignorant and evil you really are. And go away!

  • Holly says:

    VEGETARIAN QUOTES IN THE BIBLE … A PARTIAL LIST Methusaleh The longest lived man in Bible was a vegetarian and achieved 969 years. Proverbs 20 23 Be not among the winebibbers nor the riotous eaters of animal flesh. Matthew 23 2527 What did Jesus call those who eat animals? The King James translates it as whited sepulchres. The Greek word translated is sarcophagi flesh phagi eaters. Genesis 1 29 Behold I have given you herb yielding seed. To you it shall be for food. Genesis 9 45 Flesh shall ye not eat. Jesus Feed The Hungry With 6 billion people in Gods world we must now choose His food systems Fruit orchards yield 450000 lbs. per acre. Slaughterhouses yield 100 to 1000 lbs. an acre. Daniel 1 Daniel was a vegetarian for 10 days in the kings prison. Isaiah 65 The lion shall lie down with the lamb.. they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord. Jeremiah 10 Passage against purchasing butchered Christmas trees Psalm 104 God made the whale to frolic in the sea not to be slaughtered by the US JAPAN NORWAY and ICELAND govts. Isaiah 66 3 He that slays an ox is as he that slays a man. Acts 15 Do not eat the flesh of strangled animals. Peters Vision of animals in a cage said Peter himself related to reaching out to the Gentile world not seeing Gentiles as unclean. Acts 18 18 Paul says that he has taken a private vow. Many scholars believe it was the same vow taken by Samson.. a promise to God not to eat the flesh of innocent animals nor to cut his hair. The 5th Angel of Revelation Harm no green living plant. Isaiah 42 Break not the bruised reed. Jesus Whatsoever you have done to these the least of My brethren you have done unto Me. Corinthians l If meat makes my brother stumble I shall never again eat meat. Exodus 16 31 The desert manna was like coriander seed. This was stated by Dr.Reginald Cherry MD on the Trinity Broadcast Network. Proverbs 1210 The righteous one is concerned for his beast. Ezekiel 3 and 4 My body has never been contaminated by animal flesh. Isaiah 66 17 Leviticus 3 17 commands to eat no animal fat or animal blood Many Jewish vegetarians such as Dr Richard Schwartz of Staten Island believe that it is impossible to drain all the blood out of tiny capillaries. Leviticus 11 prohibits the eating of the flesh of rabbits pigs shellfish such as lobsters coprophagous or waste eaters whose consumption of human waste on the Atlantic seaboard is the 2nd annual cause of hepatitis. Leviticus I will set my face against them that eat blood. Judges 13 The breaking of the Nazarite vow no flesh.. no hair cutting was the cause of Samsons downfall. Job 12 8 Speak to the earth and she will teach thee of patience nurturing unconditional love freely giving to all Exodus 20 13 Thou Shalt Not Kill This is not asterisked in the Bible… Later translations such as New King James diluted King James to “Thou Shalt Not Murder” Genesis 6 Noah was commanded by God to provide vegetarian food for the animals on the ark. Lions were given milk. Hosea 228 I will make for you that day a covenant with the animals. Jesus My fathers House is a House of Prayer. You have made it a den of thieves and butchers where animal sacrifice occurred. The original Greek word for plunderer was rendered thief by translators. the Greek gemousin osteon nekronis translated as full of dead mens bones when it is in actuality full of dead bones. Interpretations divide. The Spirit Unites. May The Holy Spirit Overshadow Us All and All Creation. May differences of opinion Holy Spirit be to us as pleasing as the apple trees making crimson apples while the vine makes royal purple grapes. The Nazarite diet is described in Numbers. Deuteronomy 5 Thou Shalt Not Kill later versions than the King James translate this as Thou Shalt Not Murder Exodus 20 13 Thou Shalt Not Kill brought down the mountain literally Lo Tirtzach … this is nonkilling not nonmurder The Biblical command “Thou Shalt Not Kill” which J J Price cites as a reason to change diet … is not asterisked “to include humans only”. The Biblical command “Thou Shalt Not Steal” which Kathy Kurtz cites can be related to not purloining the eggs from chickens nor the milk from mother cows whose calves are then butchered for veal. Genesis 6 Noah was commanded by God to provide vegetarian food in the ark for people and animals. The lions drank the milk of cows. Genesis 9 45 Flesh shall yet not eat. And surely your blood I will require at the hands of beasts. God forgive us all and help us all to change. Hosea 228 I will make for you that day a covenant with the wild animals. I will abolish the bow the sword and war from the land. I will make you lie down in safety. Isaiah Isaiah is the prophet who more than any other forecasts the birth of Jesus. He is also the prophet with the most references to nonviolence and universal respect for life. Jesus quotes Isaiahs “I delight not in your blood sacrifices” as He drives the animal killers out of the temple. Jesus refers to the vegetarian Isaiah more than to any other. Isaiah 1 11 I delight not in the blood of bullocks or of lambs or of he goats whereas Isaiah 66 involves not eating pigs … and Isaiah 65 involves not eating any living thing In some Bible translations the word blood has been removed. In others it is “I delight not in thy blood sacrifices.” Isaiah 42 He shall break not the bruised reed. Isaiah 59 We moan sadly like doves. Isaiah 65 The wolf shall lie down with the lamb.. they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord. Many other passages of Isaiah speak of noneating of animals. Isaiah 66 3 He who slays an ox is as he that slays a man. Another translation He who kills a bull is as he who kills a man. Job 5 You will be in league with the stones of the field and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you. Job 12 8 Speak to the earth and she will teach thee of patience humility forgiveness universal nurturing httpwww.vegetablekillers.netforumsvegfood33960vegetarianquotesinthechristianbible.html Go Vegan save up to 100 farm animals per person per year save your health and our earth…

  • Holly says:

    Read the words carefully please. Read and learn… Was Christ a Vegetarian? “I require mercy not sacrifice” Matthew 913 127 This is a significant message when we remember that in the context in which this was said meat eating was commonly considered part of these sacrifices. Sacrificial offerings often entailed meat consumption and a strict reading of Leviticus 17 implies that indeed all meat consumption necessitated a sacrifice. Also the noted confrontation of Jesus in the Temple suggests that he was not at all pleased by the desecration of the Temple by the money changers AND by “those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons” John 21415 since these animals were being sold for sacrifice before being eaten. No Unequivocal Biblical Reference to Christ Eating or Buying Meat Consider the verse where it is said that Jesus’ disciples “were gone away unto the city to buy meat” John 48. This translation from the King James version has been misunderstood as meaning literally “meat”. In fact the Greek word for “meat” from which the James translation based its choice for this word simply meant nutrition in the generic sense. Hence the Revised Standard Version now simply translates this same passage as “his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food”. Regenstein notes that nowhere in the New Testament is Jesus depicted as eating meat and “if the Last Supper was a Passover meal as many believe there is interestingly no mention of the traditional lamb dish”. Did Christ at Least Eat Fish? e.g. Luke 2443 Note that on the two occasions where he is said to have eaten fish these were after his death and resurrection. Also we should maybe keep in mind that fish was a well known mystical symbol among these early Christians. The Greek word for fish Ichthys was used as an acronym whose initials in Greek stood for “Jesus Christ Son of God Savior”. Given how the early Christians employed the term there is therefore good historical evidence for the argument that all of the “fish stories” that managed to get into the gospels were intended to be taken symbolically rather than literally. Biblical Breaks and Contradictions We should not forget that the Bible is not complete and its many inconsistencies require thoughtful interpretation. For instance we have the contradiction between Genesis 12930 with Genesis 923. Some scholars interpret the first prescription for vegetarianism as the preferred diet and suggest that it was only after God became grievously disappointed with human sin and flooded the earth did the second provision become permitted and not without qualification and maybe only as an expedient for the situation. To take another example the New Testament makes repeated attacks on meat offered to pagan idols Acts 1520 Revelation 214 but Paul gives assurances that eating such flesh is all right if no one is offended Corinthians 101433. Paul then would seem to be contradicting Christ. Examples of Early Christians Not a few Christian scholars have concluded vegetarianism to be the more consistent ethic with respect to the spirit of Christ’s teachings. For example we have the Ebionites Athanasius and Arius. Of the early church fathers we have Clement of Alexandria Origen Tertullian Heronymus Boniface St. Jerome and John Chrysostom. Clement wrote “It is far better to be happy than to have your bodies act as graveyards for animals. Accordingly the apostle Matthew partook of seeds nuts and vegetables without flesh”. One of the earliest Christian documents is the Clementine Homiles’ a secondcentury work purportedly based on the teachings of St. Peter. Homily XII states “The unnatural eating of flesh meats is as polluting as the heathen worship of devils with its sacrifices and its impure feasts through participation in it a man becomes a fellow eater with devils”. Many of the monasteries both in ancient times to the present practiced vegetarianism. For instance Basilius the Great’s order Boniface’s order Trappists monks etc. Also we have the examples provided by the stories around some saints like Hubertus Aegidius and Francis of Assisi. Indirect Historical Evidence Knowledge about how the Essenes the Nazoreans and Ebionites lived suggests that Christ was probably a vegetarian. The Essenes were Jews who were remarkably similar to the early Christians as evinced in their deemphasis upon property and wealth their communalism and in their rejection of animal sacrifices. The first Christians were known as the Nazoreans not to be confused with Nazarenes and the Ebionites were a direct offshoot from them. All three groups were vegetarian which is suggestive of the central role such a practice once played in Early Christianity. Paul’s need to constantly deal with these vegetarians is also evidence of how prevalent they were and not a few fellow Christians it would seem took issue with Paul. Paul if he is consistent with his words would have been vegetarian Corinthians 813 notwithstanding his opposition to the Ebionites. According to Clement of Alexandria Matthew was a vegetarian. Clementine Homiles’ and Recognitions’ claim that Peter was also a vegetarian. Both Hegisuppus and Augustin testify that the first head of the church in Jerusalem after the death of Christ namely Christ’s brother James the Just was a vegetarian and raised as one! If Jesus’s parents raised James as vegetarian then it would be likely that Jesus was also so raised. Conclusion Given the above points it is reasonable to believe that vegetarianism would be consistent with if not mandated by the spirit of early Christianity a spirit that advocated kindness mercy nonviolence and showed disdain towards wealth and extravagance. Meat eating would hardly have been considered the way of the humility nonextravagance and love for all of God’s creation. Hence the orthodox early church father Christian Hieronymous could not but be compelled to conclude The eating of animal meat was unknown up to the big flood but since the flood they have pushed the strings and stinking juices of animal meat into our mouths just as they threw quails in front of the grumbling sensual people in the desert. Jesus Christ who appeared when the time had been fulfilled has again joined the end with the beginning so that it is no longer allowed for us to eat animal meat. Postscript What Happened After Christ? Maybe an even more important question than that of whether or not Christ was a vegetarian was why Christianity later abandoned its vegetarian roots. Steven Rosen in his book Food for the Spirit 1987 argues The early Christian fathers adhered to a meatless regime…many early Christian groups supported the meatless way of life. In fact the writings of the early Church indicate that meat eating was not officially allowed until the 4th century when the Emperor Constantine decided that his version of Christianity would be the version for everyone. A meat eating interpretation of the Bible became the official creed of the Roman Empire and vegetarian Christians had to practice in secret or risk being put to death for heresy. It is said that Constantine used to pour molten lead down the their throats if they were captured. Ironic indeed that pagan Rome here would have this longstanding influence upon Christianity. In any case I think we can all be thankful that it is a lot easier today to be a vegetarian. The occasional rudeness and social disapproval a vegetarian must tolerate is a pretty small inconvenience in comparison to Constantine’s way of dealing with vegetarians. To cite another sad example in southern France a group of Albigensian vegetarians a Cartharist religious group were put to death by hanging in 1052 because they refused to kill a chicken! httpwww.ivu.orghistorychristianchristveg.html Go Vegan save up to 100 of Gods creatures per year per person save your health and our Earth.

  • Meg says:

    How can you say PETA lost it’s direction? They were never an endangered species organizationPETA says you should not exploit or harm ANY animal for human benefit.

  • Kurt K says:

    I wasn’t going to post anything on this topic because frankly I don’t care. Its none of my concern. However I will respond to Rusty! Rusty you tell us to read before you comment on this post yet you claim Jesus is a vegitarian. Name the passage! That is all I ask of you. If is says literally “Jesus ate nothing but plants” I will convert tomorrow. I don’t want a vague refernce I want the Book and the chapter in the bible!

  • JR says:

    CVT I posted that in response to your state about when the last outbreak of any fungal spore infection was last noted read what I write not what you interpret. Tilling is not the only method that this fugus could be transmitted in this case though that was how it happened. This can be transmitted by any disturbing of material that contains the spore. Raking or even a leaf blower can have the same effect. Lastly no where in my post did I state shooting them was an acceptable solution. My post was to show the health hazzards that all creatures can pose if we as a society do not learn acceptable methods of coexisting with all creatures.

  • diane says:

    i am a big fan of wimbledon and tennis but this has really shocked me. many is the time where spectators and players alike have been amused by the sight of a pigeon walking round the court or generally distracting people. but this takes me back many many years to be brief i worked for a large company we used to have a pet pigeon who would sit on our window sill be fed with seed. one day all the pigeons had disappeared it eventually came out that they had all been destroyed because they were “pests”. i’m glad to say the company went down but pigeons are here to stay. all animals and humans are put on this earth for a reason. i loathe and deteste wasps but they were put here for a reason. so lay off pigeons they may be regarded as flying ratsnot my opinion i hasten to add but even rats i have kept rats as pets so there !! are also on this earth for a reason. there are a few humans that are a waste of space and no earthly use to anyone but we wouldnt dream of destroying them would we ??

  • Rachel A says:

    So glad to hear they changed their minds on this issue. I still say that humans are the real vermin. We hold ourselves above all other lifewhich is one thing. We then use that as an excuse to destroy everything that gets in our way which is something else entirely. We push everything out of our way to make space for more filthy polluting humans. We deny ourselves a connection with nature preferring to make ourselves seperate from all other life and therefore from ourselves. In short we pave paradise destroy the habitat of countless animals leaving them homeless and desperate and then destroy them for daring to venture into our perfect cities despite the fact that they simply have nowhere else to go. This could end with a massive extinction either of animals or of the human racemost likely BOTH or with a massive tidal shift in the way our culture works and the way we live our lives.

  • Tabitha says:

    From WIMBLEDON England The pigeons around the All England Club are safe for now. Wimbledon organizers came under fire from animal rights groups for using marksmen to eradicate some pesky pigeons Sunday but they have pledged to use only two hawks to keep the birds away for the remainder of the tournament. Wimbledon organizers said the extreme pest control response had only been deemed necessary because pigeons were creating a health risk around the players’ lawn and a restaurant. “The hawks are our first line of deterrent and by and large they do the job” Wimbledon spokesman Johnny Perkins said Tuesday. “But unfortunately there were one or two areas where the hawks didn’t deter the pigeons so it was deemed necessary to take a harder approach” he explained. The decision to call in the marksmen was condemned as “cruel and illegal behavior” by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals which complained to the tournament organizers and the police. “Since the use of marksmen to kill pigeons appears to have been carried out as a first rather than a last resort and not out of a concern for public health but rather because the animals were deemed inconvenient by players you appear to be in clear violation of the law” PETA vice president Bruce Friedrich said. Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.

  • Gretchen says:

    People come on. It is not that we don’t like pigeons. Pigeons swoop down right next to some of us while in the park sitting out on a break from work etc. We are not speaking of these pigeons. We are speaking of the pigeons that would not be deterred by other means in a place that was heavily populated and distracting to people who were trying to get their “work” done. Yes tennis players were working.Do we not all get rid of things that are deterrents to us. Those pigeons are multiplied 100 times over in every major city in the U.S. Let’s get “fired up” about issues that are so much more important. I believe we all love animals in their own way.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    JR that is a very poor example for this discussion. The visitors at Wimbledon would not be exposed to this disease due to the absence of tilling. It sounds like you’re reaching for a way to justify the shooting of these pigeons. Try again.

  • Beth B. says:

    Ok all you people posting on how much you HATE pigeons… need to get a hobby and find another post. Leave this site to those of us who DO happen to like pigeons. Thanks PETA for caring!

  • JR says:

    In response to CVT. You failed to mention histoplasmosis which was previsouly mentioned. This fungus spore is also a part of pigeon waste During a histoplasmosis outbreak in 2001 523 people 439 of them were students met a laboratoryconfirmed case definition of histoplasmosis following the rototilling of a 10foot by 45foot area of soil within a high schools courtyard. Sporecontaminated air entered a wing of the school most likely through open windows that faced the courtyard and heating ventilating and airconditioning systems that had fresh air intakes in the courtyard. Do your research before asking when the last case of any outbreak was.

  • Claire says:

    They carry no more diseases than foxesbut shooting foxes is cruelits all the same.And god made us vegies at firstonly allowing us too eat meat after the flood.Because vegetation was distroyedand animals were preserved on the ark.Jesus ate only fish on special occasions.How ignorant to think animals were put here to be exploited.You cant love animals and hate pigeonsyour hypocrites.

  • Alejandra says:

    I am against animal cruelty andi think that Animals and Humans should have equal rights. As a vegetarian and a supporter for PETA I think that if the people who dont agree with my beliefs were treated like these animals are for ONE DAY they would think twice about what theyre saying!!HOW YOU LIKE THEM APPLES!!!!! And you know what????? Why dont you starve them and shoot them as well so they could shut their mouths! Cause they dont know what theyre saying…….they havent seen how theyre treated. As for the pigeon shootings Wimbleton could rot in HELL FOR ALL I CARE!

  • Kay says:

    What is wrong with some of you people writing on here like “Who cares about the birds” or “Way to go Wimbledon” Don’t even come on this website if you are heartless and could care less about God’s creatures that were definitely here before you were! I could give a rat’s ass about you humans that are ignorant uneducated animal haters!

  • Rusty says:

    Having read most of the posts on this blog I honestly do not understand why people visit this sight other than passing ‘care’ or even an argument. If you are behind a major cause such as cruelty to nonhumans then please read and expand your mind and empathy a little more. ‘Animals where put on this earth to use by us we are in charge where would they all go if we didn’t eat them?’….Good lord as it points out in many PETA lists of FACTS Animals are bread for the purpose of slaughter for food clothes etc If we stopped breeding them for agonising death there would not be as many. God also gave us ‘dominion’ over the animals…such as we have ‘dominion’ over our children…we should protect and regard both as such it is our reponsibility God has ‘dominion’ over us but a loving god would not rip us from our parents to eat our flesh and wear our tortured skin….Jesus Christ was a vegetarian by the way. Someone else also pointed out that if they pooped on a PETA demonstration they would be arrested so why protect pigeons from it? Firstly arrest and shot in the face are very different levels of punishment Im sure you will agree Im not suggesting Pigeons have the same rights as humans…political right or right to speak is useless for instance to them but they have a right to life as we do Im sure they value it as much as you value yours. A pigeon may not have the mental capacity you and I have therefore it will poo where it wants but neither does your dog or a chronically menatlly retarded human but we shouldn’t shoot them in the face should we? There is actually so many holes in some of your comments I have to stop typing as I maty exceed the limit but Im sure you get the message if not please buy some more braincells with your next Big Mac and read a book before you comment.

  • nicole says:

    who are we to decide that a pidgeons life is worth less than any other animals life. killing inocent animals for a stupid reason like sport!!! and who says god even exists!! and by the way “get real” how do we know there is even a god? how can u say that he wants us to kill! i’m sure he would find a game of tennis much more important than the fragile life of one of his creations! You get real!!!

  • Daryl says:

    Why come on here if you’re FOR the killing of innocent animals?!! It seems very strange! That is unless you WANT us all to come on to your hunting pages and promote animalkindess? When I’ve tried that in the past you all seemed to get a bit unhappy!

  • Rory says:

    Gosh why do people even bother to post comments on PETA if they are FOR animal cruelty. PETA u guys rock and Im gunna work 4 u one day. All animals desurve to LIVE on this plantet and dont forget we are animals. What ever happened to look after your fellow man well in this case animal. GO PETA meat is murder!!

  • Roxanne says:

    God why all the hate toward pigeons just because they are so numerous? They are very docile and social. Why shoot them. just have umbrellas or other protective gears around the dining areas

  • tony makauskas says:

    Didn’t the Wembledon officials used hawks to scare the pegions? If so then wembladon officials did not break the law in using marksmen to kill them.

  • Gren says:

    I think it’s odd that so many people think that it’s okay to kill animals just because those animals are deemed a nusiance. If one’s life were in danger then yes by all means defend one’s self. I would say to those people who think it’s okay to shoot helpless pigeons because they’re a nuisance I hope you aren’t ever old or infirm or pooping where you “shouldn’t” because someone might just find you a nuisance.

  • Claire says:

    u r nastyWE bought pigeons 2 da uk.WE breed em hundreds of years ago 4 pigeon pie.humans interfered againi hope they poop on tables maybe people will let animals beor move da tables.jesus ate only fish on special occasions.god intended us to be vegetarian only giving us meat after the flood because vegetation was dead.the old testemant DIET isnt relevant 2 modern christianity its 4 dat time.

  • Annalena says:

    Get Real I find your name rather ironic. Plenty of people do not base their lives directly on the old testament and with good reason.I suppose God put womenfolk here for the use of men as well reproduction tools and stoningaccording to the old testament. Animals are here for their own ends not ours. Some interesting info on Pigeons httpwww.nypost.comseven06132008newsregionalnewsthesquabsquad115331.htm Disease httpwww.purebredpigeon.comavianflu.htm httpwww.ncbi.nlm.nih.govsitesentrez?DbpubmedCmdShowDetailViewTermToSearch8883790ordinalpos10itoolEntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.PubmedResultsPanel.PubmedRVDocSum Awesome pro pigeon group

  • EVA says:

    JOE BLOW cough “Let’s evaluate our priorities”? IT’S TENNIS FOR GOD’S SAKE. It’s humorous many of you advocating this cruelty are bringing up such archaic statements. Please something original. It’s pointless to debate this issue with the opposition on this Board.

  • Annalena says:

    I really do not understand why some of these commenters are here. Please go back to a more appropriate site. I deal with enough human arrogance on a daily basis. Pigeons are not “disease ridden vermin”. Humans have a complete intolerance of any wildness that causes them “inconvenience”. Pigeons are highly social and intuitive. They come in a beautiful variety of colors that can rival any tropical parrot.People seem to forget that pigeons are DOVES. A symbol of purity and goodness. Pigeons and doves make up the family Columbidae. Type pigeon or dove into wikipedia and you will see how misunderstood these birds are.We need to stop killing other beings when their interests simply differ from ours.

  • QP says:

    Its ok to shoot ducks but not pigeons. Pigeons help in eradicating rap music so they must be saved.

  • ex peta member says:

    jennyyou’re right 100 pct! this blog has become a first class animal haters site and these blog owners are nuts! we animal protectors know that we are not a majority but to put on here all the animal hating shit is more than i can swallow! it’s ridiculous and shows our weakness once more! for nuts like these blog owners and other ‘avid animal protectors’ we are turning around in the void since i can remember so almost 50 years now! i already dismissed before but came back once more time to confirm your statement! i’m disappointed but this whole attitude here confirms once more that the big failure of animal rights movements comes out of these same associations basing their actions on headless strategies and attitudes! i salute you and know i am ex old spiderwoman animalfriend la montanara santino roccaforte little drummer boy little big woman many others and last but not least the minstrel! here i revealed to you my secret blogging names fighting on all the battlefields but you are too stupid and ignorant to understand what i meant with this strategy! some little help to enlightenment a minority must appear strong and not weak in front of an illimited bunch of rascals and jerks! this has nothing to do with the fact that everyone has the right to speak but we know exactly what the animal hater is telling again and again and again and repeating the same shit page after page page after page! do you think that i’m an idiot to answer every day to the same bullshit remarks that animals are made to be exploited that christ ate meat and that man is made in god’s image hence has the right to abuse and shoot and torture and hunt and eliminate every other form of life and that animals are the cause of green house gases and so on and on and on! stupid folks here indeed! at least jack had some humor and spirit! that was it you can post it or not but i think now you prefer the posts of the antibloggers good riddance!

  • chris says:

    maybe I should kill all birds because one broke my 2nd floor wwindow the other morning flying into it. first off I could careless about some rich people playing tennnis making millions a year and complaining about a bird which has just as much right on this planet as I do. Humans devestate this earth and as a result we kill and kill again. atlease have a good reason like birds were killing people by hitting their windshield when driving but not a fricking tennis match. my god we as humans can be so pathetic at times. just because the first attempt with raptors failed does that mean your last effort or should I say 2nd effort is the last. the point peta is making is there are more ways to stop this pathetic fued over innocent birds regardless of whether you think they stink. maybe they think you stink.

  • Alex says:

    love is forever stay together!

  • Debster says:

    Can someone please answer me the more use human life has over animal life in 2008?

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Hi Desian It may be that the pigeons were pooing in the food but humans are intelligent enough to then not eat the food. The pigeons truly don’t know any better. This area was part of their habitat. No human will die if they have to buy another plate of food although some people nowadays act as though they will die if they don’t get pretty much everything they want. Humans are by far the most destructive force on the Earth so I don’t buy the idea that pigeons don’t belong here. The reason they are overpopulated is because we killed off all their natural predators. I understand why someone would want to kill a predator who attacks people having aggressive cats destroyed and in some cases killing animals for food. But in this case it’s simple. Get up and walk away eat somewhere else. An animal’s life is at stake for goodness sake. How cruel and selfish can we be?

  • annon says:

    I was made aware today that a marksman was called in to shoot a pigeon that posed a moderate threat to the Field Art installation by Anthony Gormley currently on show in St Helens as part of the Liverpool City of Culture year. This could have easily been avoided as the bird could have been encouraged to fly out of numerous open windows and whats even more disturbing is the possibility that this bird may have brooding chicks that may also die as a result. Sorry I cant leave my deatails as I a volunteer for the Arts Council and my position would be at risk etc i am sure you understand Life however insignificant is more important than Art and sport for that matter!