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Old 13th January 2020, 02:28 PM   #1
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Maybe the birds are making a fashion statement.

Someone's sticking tiny cowboy hats on Las Vegas pigeons.

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While no one knows who is putting the tiny hats onto the pigeons or why people are in love with the prank, but the animal rights groups are not happy about it, and they’re the only ones.
https://animals.awm.com/police-are-l...onAan1HCnh97Bc
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Old 13th January 2020, 03:22 PM   #2
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The hat doesn't seem to bother the pigeon in the video at all.
The animal activists should spend their time removing human hair from the feet of pigeons instead: Pigeons are having their toes amputated by waste human hair in Paris (New Scientist, Nov. 14, 2019)
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Old 14th January 2020, 08:52 AM   #3
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They have to have been grabbed and subdued to get the hats on them.

The hats are glued on.

The hats reduce their peripheral vision by half, leaving them exposed to predators above them.

https://www.audubon.org/news/those-p...aughing-matter
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Old 14th January 2020, 09:13 AM   #4
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1) There is no evidence that humans are putting these cowboy hats on pigeons.

2) No hawk would dare to try to eat a pigeon wearing a cowboy hat.
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Old 14th January 2020, 09:18 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by William Parcher View Post
1) There is no evidence that humans are putting these cowboy hats on pigeons.
Res ipsa loquitur.

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Old 14th January 2020, 09:31 AM   #6
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I don't see a huge problem with catching a pigeon and holding it uninjured while you put a hat on it, but what the article doesn't mention is what's holding the hats on. It looks as if they might be superglued or something, and that could cause problems if the hat starts to come adrift but is held by a few feathers and interfered with vision.
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Old 14th January 2020, 10:21 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Rolfe View Post
I don't see a huge problem with catching a pigeon and holding it uninjured while you put a hat on it, but what the article doesn't mention is what's holding the hats on. It looks as if they might be superglued or something, and that could cause problems if the hat starts to come adrift but is held by a few feathers and interfered with vision.
Some stories relay descriptions of them repeatedly scratching at their heads to the point of causing open wounds.
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Old 14th January 2020, 10:31 AM   #8
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Having a super glued hat on their head would have to cause some issues with wind resistance while flying through the air. I can't imagine it doesn't cause some discomfort during flight.
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Old 14th January 2020, 10:38 AM   #9
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Pigeon advocacy groups are very upset about this.

However, the Society for Putting Things on top of Other Things is considering a special innovation award if the hat provider identifies himself.
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Old 14th January 2020, 11:27 AM   #10
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Tragically, one of the behatted pigeons has died. https://www.wtnh.com/news/animals-an...g-pigeon-dies/

I anticipate a flood of outrage for the cruel mistreatment and tragic loss of such a beloved animal. (Unlike last August, when a pest control measure in a Las Vegas neighborhood killed flocks of them in twitching convulsions with poisoned corn. But those were normal messy uninteresting pigeons, not amusing cowboy-hat-wearing ones!)
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Originally Posted by Myriad View Post
Tragically, one of the behatted pigeons has died. https://www.wtnh.com/news/animals-an...g-pigeon-dies/

I anticipate a flood of outrage for the cruel mistreatment and tragic loss of such a beloved animal. (Unlike last August, when a pest control measure in a Las Vegas neighborhood killed flocks of them in twitching convulsions with poisoned corn. But those were normal messy uninteresting pigeons, not amusing cowboy-hat-wearing ones!)
Unfortunate side-effects of a pest control measure, unfortunate side effects of doing something "for the lulz."

I'm going to go ahead and say my initial reaction is this is a false equivalence.
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Old 14th January 2020, 12:32 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Myriad View Post
Tragically, one of the behatted pigeons has died. https://www.wtnh.com/news/animals-an...g-pigeon-dies/

I anticipate a flood of outrage for the cruel mistreatment and tragic loss of such a beloved animal. (Unlike last August, when a pest control measure in a Las Vegas neighborhood killed flocks of them in twitching convulsions with poisoned corn. But those were normal messy uninteresting pigeons, not amusing cowboy-hat-wearing ones!)
If they want people to take this serious, they should not give the birds cute names they wouldn't have gotten if they weren't wearing hats...

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“Billie the Pidge” died from an undetected illness, the group said.
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Several other birds the rescue found also had hats glued on their heads, including “Coolamity Jane” and “Cluck Norris.”
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Old 14th January 2020, 03:28 PM   #13
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If they want people to take this serious, they should not give the birds cute names they wouldn't have gotten if they weren't wearing hats...
Even the Audubon are going for the yucks.

https://www.audubon.org/news/those-p...aughing-matter

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Coolamity Jane is the name given to a Las Vegas pigeon who's unfortunately had a plastic cowboy hat glued to her head. She remains at large.
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Originally Posted by Delphic Oracle View Post
Some stories relay descriptions of them repeatedly scratching at their heads to the point of causing open wounds.

Sometimes predators deserve a break..
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