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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Alert PETA!

posted by on April 29 at 9:56 AM

Speaking of pigeons dying painful deaths and Grand Theft Auto IV, a gamer on staff writes…

There are hidden packages in Grand Theft Auto IV, just like there were in the previous 3 versions. In GTA IV you have to shoot 100 Pigeons to achieve 100% completion. Not sure if you can select blowgun for one of your weapons though.

More here and here.

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Too fucking ironic!

Hey! Maybe in an attempt at free publicity, the Game Companies are the ones behind the pigeon darting!

Or better yet... maybe some hard core gamer is just trying to get in a little practice before the game released?


Posted by Reality Check | April 29, 2008 10:07 AM

I don't get why mocking protecting animals is such a deeply held editorial value of The Stranger.

Posted by elenchos | April 29, 2008 10:08 AM

The same was also possible with seagulls and the sniper rifle in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which was released in 2002. Move along, nothing to see here.

Posted by Dr. Savage Mudede | April 29, 2008 10:10 AM

I don't get why protecting birds is such a big deal. Birds are the only thing you can kill for fun and laugh at. Who cares about fucking birds?

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 29, 2008 10:17 AM

I agree with elenchos as usual. You guys are so smart about issues like the environment and public health until it gets in the way of frito pie and animal abuse.

Posted by poppy | April 29, 2008 10:27 AM

I do not condone using darts to kill Pigeons but Pigeons are not ingenious to this continent anyway and carry some nasty diseases. More chickens are raised and slaughtered than pigeons are killed each day and not in a nice way. So culling pigeons seems like a good idea. Then you can go after Starlings and then Seagulls that survive in the thousands on garbage landfills we create, then shit on everything. There was not that many around before we came along just enough to survive in nature. We create situations where some animals breed out of control and we never do anything to correct the situation. We just look at them like they are cute Disney characters.
Someone using darts has a real hate on for these birds and a mental problem and should be dealt with. But to look at the out of control situation of some birds should be considered. We do it to rats and roaches and no one seems to care.

Posted by -B- | April 29, 2008 10:34 AM

@5, The Stranger staff is smart about the environment and public health? I've never seen any evidence that their understanding of those issues goes beyond that of any asshole on the street.

@6, Shooting a few pigeons with evidently non-lethal but likely very painful blow darts isn't exactly controlling the pigeon population. No one is saying the pigeon population is fine as is, so you are just throwing up a red herring issue for the hell of it. Besides, I'm still calling BS on this over-population, horrible disease, talk. Sure, we created the environment in which they thrive, but we did that a very long time ago and everything is still OK. They haven't brought death and destruction upon the human race yet.

Posted by cmaceachen | April 29, 2008 10:57 AM

if it flies, it dies.

kill them before they kill you

- The more you know.

PSA from People Against Avian Bird Flu

Posted by bobcat | April 29, 2008 11:22 AM
Shooting a few pigeons with evidently non-lethal but likely very painful blow darts isn't exactly controlling the pigeon population.

I admit this probably isn't controlling the population in any noticeable way.

That said, why does everyone seem to assume these pigeons still walking around are the only ones that got a dart? I'm betting that for every darted pigeon that's still alive there were at least a few successful kills.

With brains that small, though, who knows. I do believe this was done to kill the animal. If you just want to torture pigeons, why shoot them in the place most likely to kill them?

If I had my way I'd just blow dart the idiots that feed the pigeons.

Posted by w7ngman | April 29, 2008 11:48 AM

I'll start caring about a few people feeding pigeons if anybody can show me that the amount of birdseed scattered around town is more than a small fraction of the tons of garbage that people leave lying around.

There are intelligent ways to control pigeon populations, by the way. It doesn't require all this redneck engineering.

Posted by elenchos | April 29, 2008 12:00 PM

I prefer shotguns to blowguns.

But if you intend to eat them, a blowgun would work better ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 29, 2008 12:16 PM

Yeah, that blow dart guy is doing a hell of a job hunting pigeons. What's his success rate? One out of five? If that.

Posted by Jay | April 29, 2008 12:40 PM

At least in GTA4 the goal is to actually kill the pigeons.

Posted by Jay | April 29, 2008 12:41 PM

Maybe it's harder than it looks.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 29, 2008 1:17 PM

Agreed with elenchos as well as cmaceachen's second point. I don't see the logic to blaming gulls, pigeons and starlings for the success they have as a result of human activity. Starlings are debatable, since they're an invasive species.

I'm just amazed at people who've enabled a species's success only to hate them for it. Yet the tears flow for the polar bear. The irony, it is thick.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | April 29, 2008 1:46 PM

The goal is 200 'winged rats' in GTA4

Posted by bobcat | April 30, 2008 10:38 AM

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