Oak Park's Pigeon Problem

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By John Hubbuch

At the outset I must state that I have a genetic condition known as Animal Indifference Disease (AID). It is a rare condition manifested by not being  all that interested in animals. The first time I knew something was wrong was when in first grade a fellow student brought his new baby kitten to Show and Tell. While the other kids oohed and aahed I played with magnets. I faked liking family pets. I know that some people think dogs are their best friend, but all my friends can talk and they  don't sniff each other's butts.                      

So I for one have no problem with the proposal to humanely euathanze a few dirty pigeons under the Marion Street el viaduct.The actual ordinance also lists sparrows and starlings. They might want to consider a move to River Forest or Berwyn. Mortgage rates are at historic lows.                      

The Trustees are to be applauded for considering such a measure in animal loving Oak Park. I think I read a survey in which Oak Parkers preferred animal to humans by  39% to 35 %. The balance were undecided or disliked both. I'm hoping that the proposal becomes law. After a pilot period I would urge our local lawmakers to consider the hit list to include squirrels, rabbits, possums and racoons.  

It probably would never pass and I do appreciate there are counter-arguments, but maybe after the election the Board might consider: dogs bigger than Shetland ponies, Yorkshire Terriers,dogs that frighten early morning runners and sinister slinky cats like those ones in Lady And The Tramp ("We are Siamese if you please").  After all Oak Park prides itself on being progressive and thinking outside the box.  Hello Good Morning America! 

 

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John Hubbuch from New Albany  

Posted: June 3rd, 2012 9:01 AM

Are pigeons edible?

Taser Guy  

Posted: June 2nd, 2012 1:08 PM

I smell a Steven Spielberg movie here. Coming to a theater near you soon: Steven Spielberg's "Band Of Pigeons".

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: June 1st, 2012 11:04 PM

Debra Winkelman from Chicago, Illinois, people don't appreciate what people and animals done. They are self absorb and care only about themselves. If something is in the way of what they want, they don't care what they do. Marion Street is a 5 million plus project was done for a few people who wanted it. Those are the same people who now want to kill the Pigeons. They hide behind Pope and the board members, and tell them what to do. Let those who want to kill the Pigeons face the citizens of OP

Debra Winkelman from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: June 1st, 2012 9:31 PM

Excerpt from time.com an article about a "Hero Pigeon", "Cher Ami": "During World War I and World War II, the U.S. military enlisted more than 200,000 pigeons to conduct surveillance and relay messages. One such pigeon, Cher Ami ("Dear Friend" in French), flew for the U.S. Army Signal Corps in France during WWI. He flew 12 important messages before being struck by enemy fire. Despite being shot in the breast and leg, he managed to deliver the message, which was found dangling from his shattered leg. His brave dedication to the mission led to the rescue of 194 soldiers in Major Charles Whittlesey's "Lost Battalion." Cher Ami, who died in 1919, likely as a result of his battle wounds, was awarded the French Croix de Guerre award for his heroic service and was inducted into the Racing Pigeon Hall of Fame. His one-legged body is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's "Price of Freedom: Americans at War" exhibit in Washington, D.C."

Debra Winkelman from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: June 1st, 2012 9:29 PM

Let Oak Park be known as a town with compassion for all of God's Creatures!

Debra Winkelman from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: June 1st, 2012 9:26 PM

Pigeons are noble, loyal, intelligent and gentle creatures. Pigeons DO NOT carry any anymore diseases than any other animals. You have more chance of being struck by lightning than catching a disease from Pigeons, as a matter of fact you have more chance of catching a disease from other humans. Pigeons typically DO NOT catch the Bird Flu virus, nor do they carry or shed the virus. Human beings are dirty, not Pigeons. Pigeons are beneficial because they clean up much of the garbage human beings create. If it were not for Pigeons, there would be a lot more bugs and rats running around Pigeons have saved many human lives in wars, and have been given medals of honor for their service, even more than military dogs. 95% of Pigeons completed their missions successfully. If any of our ancestors were saved by these Pigeons, just think, without the Pigeon's heroic efforts, we might not even be here today! Pigeons have saved many lives of shipwreck victims by locating them for rescue crews with their keen sense of sight In the case of natural disasters, when communication lines are down, and roads are blocked%u2014who do they turn to? The Pigeon!!! Pigeons have saved lives in medical emergencies. Pigeons are very intelligent, can count, can distinguish between paintings of different artists, and can even be taught to play ping pong! Pigeons mate for life, (unlike most humans today), and they will even raise and nurse baby orphaned Pigeons. Pigeons have been given a bad rap for many years. Much of the misinformation about Pigeons has been generated by Pest Control Companies in order to generate business. Pigeons are not "Flying Rats", they are noble, loyal, beautiful, intelligent creatures who have served mankind in many ways throughout history. I believe in the World of Birds, Pigeons are indeed "Man's Best Friend"!!! Please oppose euthanization. Let Oak Park be known as a town with a heart, a town with compassion for all G

Debra Winkelman  

Posted: June 1st, 2012 9:17 PM

1. Pigeons are noble, loyal, intelligent and gentle creatures. 2. Pigeons DO NOT carry any anymore diseases than any other animals. You have more chance of being struck by lightning than catching a disease from Pigeons, as a matter of fact you have more chance of catching a disease from other humans. 3. Pigeons typically DO NOT catch the Bird Flu virus, nor do they carry or shed the virus 4. Human beings are dirty, not Pigeons. Pigeons are beneficial because they clean up much of the garbage

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