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Monday, April 28, 2008

The Day in WTF

posted by on April 28 at 11:09 AM

PETA—taking a break from having naked ladies shower together in Times Square to demonstrate, um, something—is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to the capture of whoever’s been shooting downtown pigeons with blow darts.

Previous Stranger coverage of Pigeongate here and here.

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Gosh, you'd think PETA would be too busy euthanizing the animals in their shelters to worry about things like that.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | April 28, 2008 11:14 AM

Look no further.

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 28, 2008 11:16 AM

i really isn't cool to blow dart pigeons. they should blow dart the crazy fucks who FEED pigeons.

Posted by max solomon | April 28, 2008 11:19 AM

IT really isn't cool. IT.

Posted by max solomon | April 28, 2008 11:20 AM

I don't want their blood money. In fact, I'd rather have injured pigeons.

Posted by Ziggity | April 28, 2008 11:27 AM

I bet we can raise more money than that to fund pigeon-shooters.

Posted by JC | April 28, 2008 11:28 AM

Is blowdarting pigeons or other pests actually illegal?

I've always assumed these are escaped pigeons from a failed exterminator attempt, like maybe trying to get rid of the ones in the bus tunnel or Westlake mall.

Posted by Anon | April 28, 2008 11:39 AM

I had a neighbor who used to shoot the pigeons that were shitting onto local HVAC intakes, and hence causing a disease risk.

He would locate where the pigeons were nesting, and request access to houses that were straight across from the eaves and windowsills in question. Then, he'd go up there at night, duct tape a powerful flashlight to the end of his air pump powered BB-gun, turn the light on and lean out of the window, aim the light at the sleeping pigeon (they won't fly at night for fear of owls), and then fire a BB into the bird's head or neck. Unlike the darts, they usually succeeded in killing the birds. Generally, a local cat or raccoon would carry off the carcass before he could get back down to the street.

Also, during the daytime, he would shoot the eggs in their nests.

Posted by oljb | April 28, 2008 11:43 AM

It's ok, just keep ignoring the environmental impact of eating meat.

Posted by w7ngman | April 28, 2008 11:56 AM

when i was in Penzance (Cornwall) people did some truly diabolical shit to the pigeons and seagulls, mostly bored younger guys on the dole. one sicko captured a pigeon and superglued Barbie boots to its legs and it lived for quite awhile, flying around in hot-pink plastic knee-highs.

Posted by brett | April 28, 2008 11:56 AM

Someone should shoot the bitch that runs PETA in the head with a dart.

That bitch is a strait up terrorist.

Posted by ecce homo | April 28, 2008 11:59 AM

@10, that's the saddest/funniest bird-related thing i've heard today. I bet the landings were rough.

Posted by ali | April 28, 2008 12:01 PM

@9: Because people eat pigeons? I'm not sure I follow your logic.

Posted by ECB | April 28, 2008 12:01 PM

Screw PETA. They have to be the biggest bunch of murdering hypocrites ever. And it's not "euthanasia" unless the animal is "hopelessly sick or injured" and done "in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy" (Merriam-Webster medical dictionary). PETA kills thousands of animals for space, or convenience, or to make a political point that people are no damned good. That's not euthanasia. It's murder.

Posted by JD | April 28, 2008 12:03 PM

2000 bucks? I know that 'destruction of wildlife' is a $500 fine (some kid at school used Alka-Seltzer on a seagull. Long story short it blew up over the cheerleader table and he got fined) so that's like a 1500 dollar profit. I'm in.

Posted by bobcat | April 28, 2008 12:15 PM

@11: that's a straight-up threat. you might want to bounce shit like that off your lawyer before you post it.

Posted by max solomon | April 28, 2008 12:19 PM

@9: I don't eat meat for exactly that reason but PETA still annoys the fuck out of me.

Posted by Jerod | April 28, 2008 12:25 PM

For starters look for small, brown colored, dark haired people with pigeon bones in their ears and noses (might be chicken bones).

Posted by ratcityreprobate | April 28, 2008 12:28 PM

Wow Seattle! It's so unlike you drooling far-left liberal shut-ins to a) support the senseless harming of animals (who cares if they are pigeons?), and b) advocating for the "shooting" of that "bitch that runs PETA."

Posted by dopesick | April 28, 2008 12:30 PM

#11 - Somebody is shooting darts at helpless, defenseless animals, but somehow, PeTA is the terrorist in all of this? Please explain that logic to all us?

Posted by saythatagain | April 28, 2008 12:32 PM


You are clearly retarded...

Been watchin' a little too much Wapner, eh?

Posted by ecce homo | April 28, 2008 12:33 PM

I think PETA has some questionable practices, but I also find it repugnant that they are bashed so heavily. At least they give a shit. As if caring about the welfare of animals was a principle to be mocked? Seems like some self hate shit to me.

Posted by ZWBush | April 28, 2008 12:37 PM

No, #22, PETA deserves bashing because they are exploiting people's love of animals to raise gobs of money, and then slaughtering cats, dogs and other sentient beings as quickly as they can get their hands on them.

Posted by JD | April 28, 2008 12:47 PM

This whole "pigeongate" ordeal has taught me two things:

1. People (on Slog, of course) generally don't have trouble with the concept of someone working to control the pigeon population, because they are disease-infested and shit everywhere.

2. People (on Slog, of course) generally feel that inflicting non-fatal blowdart wounds on pigeons is a bit over the top and more than a wee bit cruel.

What we need is a well-regulated group of volunteers that will work to reduce the pigeon population by non-inhumane means, sort of like a pigeon killing militia.

Posted by Hernandez | April 28, 2008 12:48 PM

So noone has answered the key question here...

Is it really illegal to blow dart a pigeon?

No it is not. 'Nuff said.

Nice tactic for publicity again by People Eating Tasty Animals.

Posted by Reality Check | April 28, 2008 12:52 PM

#13, it has nothing to do with the pigeons.

The "logic", or I guess lack of logic, is that you seem to dismiss an entire organization and their arguments based on their willingness to objectify women... er, let women objectify themselves (your inability to differentiate this deserves another comment, so I won't digress).

I clicked through to your blog. You clearly figured out what their argument is:

to demonstrate how much water it takes to produce meat

but you chose not to comment on that. In fact, in the year or so that I've been reading Slog, I haven't seen you so much as mention the environmental impact of the meat industry. Why, I wondered?

I figured out why. You eat meat. Lots of it. Now, I eat meat, I won't deny that. I also don't go around likening myself some kind of environmentalist, preaching to others and complaining about relatively benign pet causes like plastic bags and hummers and bike lanes.

My original comment was only to point out the comedic value of you summarizing PETAs environmental argument to "um, something", which I presume merely served to keep your own cognitive dissonance in check.

Posted by w7ngman | April 28, 2008 1:09 PM

@25 - no, it probably isn't. But in our state it's illegal to have sex with them.

Besides, who knows where that blow dart has been ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 28, 2008 1:13 PM

Dear PETA:

It's Erica.

Send me my check.

Posted by ivan | April 28, 2008 1:14 PM

Dear PETA:

I think I know who the "Seattle Pigeon Shooter" is - do the initials e.c. ring a bell?

Please contact me re: where to send the reward.

Posted by COMTE | April 28, 2008 1:15 PM

Er, that should be "the initials e.h." Sorry for the confusion.

Posted by COMTE | April 28, 2008 1:16 PM


You're so right. All PETA does is exploit caring people and slaughter animals. How could I be so blind? I hate them now.

Posted by ZWBush | April 28, 2008 1:51 PM

@27 Good Point Will.

My bad.

Posted by Reality Check | April 28, 2008 1:52 PM


p.s. fuck peta

Posted by Eric | April 28, 2008 2:16 PM

#23, PETA is hardly the largest or least humane group that euthenizes animals. You better start calling King County evil before PETA.

I hate PETA's marketing, but they're the only ones bringing up important issues like taxing beef, the #1 human cause of global warming.

Posted by poppy | April 28, 2008 4:45 PM

@32 - no prob.

@34 - I agree - they get thru the media filters a lot more than all the "well meaning" groups ever do.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 28, 2008 5:03 PM

OMFG - people, objectivity of women, yes it happens, BUT only to the women who let it happen TO them. Do you not get that? There are a lot of women who bank on their 'objectivity' on themselves. Pamela Anderson, who is a large spokesperson for PETA is one? Yes. She is. What is the problem? A lot of men in our society bank their 'objectivity' on their sexuality also.

Let's be frank. Stop with that bullshiz? K?

Now, as far as animal rights are concerned? What voice do they have? Are you really willing to admit to yourself that an animal killed (for your dinner) does not feel emotions or pain? Google the rest if you think not.

#14 & #23 prove what you are claiming with facts. Now read what I say below:

#22 - Thank-you! And if euthanizing animals if they are sick and mistreated beyond medical help for their benefit then I agree with you.

#24 You contradict yourself.

Anyone past #35 I have not read.

Thanks ECB for the post.

Posted by Sue | May 1, 2008 8:59 PM

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