I love Canada geese, they care for their babies together, with other family
members babysitting, etc. - not like ducks...poor mom duck has up to 12
babies, and no mate in sight.  Almost all usually are lost.

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[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Lorrie
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 7:19 AM
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Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Geese & Pigeons

When we lived in the country on a pond we had Canada geese, and we learned
to tell them apart by the markings on their masks. They are extremely
intelligent, as well as being elegant beautiful birds. We really loved them.
I am sickened now by the knowledge that they are being "rounded up" as the
DNR calls its,  because of people building houses and golf courses on lakes
that have always been the habitat of the geese.  The rounds ups are done
when the geese are molting and therefore flightless, and I was nearly
arrested from interfering in one of those horrible round ups, where they are
herded the terrified geese into pens and then gassed them.

I've never witnessed a pigeon shoot, but I've read about them and they are
barbaric and cruel.  I'm glad the Hegins shoot has ended, but I'm sure there
are more elsewhere.  How people can enjoy such a "sport" says a lot about
the makeup of humans. We are the most cruel beings on the face of the earth!


>    On 09-13, Natalie wrote: So do Canada geese (mate for life).  We
>    live on a pond, and they spend a lot of time here.  We feed
>    them, so they don't go on neighbors' properties, bothering them. 
>    We actually recognize them every year because of certain
>    markings, etc.  When one loses a mate, they stay alone.  I'm not
>    sure if they ever find another life-mate or not.
>    I  used  to  go  to  the Hegins (PA) Pigeon Shoots to protest. 
>    It was sick.  Families having picnics, while their "menfolk"
>    shot at pigeons that had been confined without food and water in
>    dark little traps for days- they were released, totally
>    disoriented, in sudden bright sdaylight.  They could hardly fly
>    up, they were so weak.  Then these brave men would take potshots
>    at them.  Some injured pigeons were able to fly off, land on
>    roofs and fields, dying a slow death.  Others fell right down,
>    flopping on the ground until teen boys nonchalantly sauntered
>    over to them, swung them by their necks, either broke their
>    necks, or ripped their heads off. One kid threw a decapitated
>    pigeon at me.  We had a tent set up with volunteer veterinarians
>    and wildlife rehabbers to treat the injured birds or euthanize
>    them humanely.
>    It  was  like  in Roman times, a bunch of degenerate, bored, and blood
>    lusty people amusing themselves.
>    Hegins Pigeon Shoot is no more, but there are still others!

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