Poor Pigeons Get No Respect

On this day, white doves were released across the country in commemoration ceremonies of the September 11 Attacks; at least 100 were scheduled for release here in San Diego. Typically, Release Doves are the white mutation of Columba livia (domestica). I would not argue that it should be a campaign issue, but I find it slightly objectionable that those birds often referred to as the “rats with wings,” who are offered no protection under the federal Migratory Bird Treat Act of 1918, are commissioned for national ceremonies.

~ by finchwench on Thursday, 11 September 2008.

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