Roofus: Feds are the real birdbrains

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Our cartoonist weighs in on the horrific goose slaughter in Prospect Park.

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Militant Vegetarian from Park Slope says:
I love the cartoon and totally agree -- except that birds, like all non-human animals, are actually very intelligent, wonderful creatures. You know this if you have ever observed them, even minimally. The horrors of this world are committed by humans alone. Speaking of horrors, it seems almost nobody is disturbed by the "Meadows of Shame" atrocities. Where are the police? Where is the ASPCA? Where is PETA? Where is the Humane Society? We need vigilantes to protect the beautiful wildlife from the worst among us.
July 15, 2010, 1:01 pm
Cristian from Dumbo says:
Editorial cartoonists' stock in trade is using shorthand language and cliche concepts often to tell the same story in 5 seconds that might take a minute to read in a written column. "Birdbrain" is a common insult (the aforementioned shorthand) and in this case the only character in the cartoon deserving of such a schoolyard insult as birdbrain is the human. the birds deserve no such insult. I agree very much with you about the intelligence of animals (and the birds in particular in this case). When I was doing research for the cartoon I came across a large body of information about the intelligence and community geese share. In fact, an alternate sketch for the cartoon was a comparison of brain size calling into question the oft-repeated claim that a human's brain size has anything to do with its mental superiority over other animals. Largely there is a good body of evidence other animals have developed far better systems for sustained coexistence as collective species.

So I'm with you.
July 16, 2010, 12:36 am
W. Henry from Lefferts says:
The New York City Parks Department forbids the feeding of any wild life. Contrary to popular belief geese and ducks, squirrels are not pets. No one should ever attempt to make them pets. They are wild and do not need humans to feed them. Feeding wild life only causes them to become dependent on humans. If the geese had not been fed by people, they would not have become non migratory residents of Prospect Park Lake. I believe it was the shear number of geese that were being fed here caused them to over populate our park. yes there will be other geese stopping in Brooklyn for a rest before they continue on their journey. But humans must remember to feed them is not necessary. Their natural, healthy diet in available and provided by nature not a baker!
July 17, 2010, 7:03 pm

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