According to BirdWeb.com, the Rock Pigeon is "originally from Europe, Northern Africa, and India" but was "introduced it to North America in the 1600s." Since then, of course, "numbers have increased significantly as more and more of our country is urbanized."
To combat the seemingly urgent problem of urbanized pigeon droppings, the intrepid Councilman Felder plans to introduce legislation banning the feeding of Columba livia. To defy this ban would be to risk a $1,000 fine. (Interestingly, the Rock Pigeon is despised while conversely its all-white cousins-the Dove-remain a beloved symbol of peace. Could this be a case of avian racism?) Mayor Michael Bloomberg hasn't yet endorsed the ban but did opine: "We do have a lot of pigeons and they do tend to foul a lot of our areas."
Just for the hell of it, let's replace the word "pigeons" with the word "corporations" in Bloomberg's statement. Better fit, huh? How about if we just insert "humans"?
Also in the news is James M. Stevenson, founder of the Galveston Ornithological Society. Stevenson is currently on trial in Texas, charged with fatally shooting a cat that he said was "stalking endangered shorebirds." In his own defense, the bird-watching enthusiast said: "This is about wild species disappearing from your planet. I did what I had to do." Apparently, that jury will hear no theories as to why so many wild species are disappearing from our planet.
Maybe Councilman Felder can blame that on the Rock Pigeon, too.