Videos: Changing Our Cultural Views of Pigeons

//Videos: Changing Our Cultural Views of Pigeons

Videos: Changing Our Cultural Views of Pigeons

SF Bay Area Pigeon and Dove Rescue

I swiped the first video from a friend’s Facebook page — a friend connected with Mickacoo, the Bay Area domestic pigeon rescue. If you don’t know about Mickacoo, check out the website to see the beautiful work this organization does for pigeons and doves. Even better, if you have room to adopt, please consider giving a rescued bird a second chance in a loving home.

Mickacoo is an earth angel — an appropriate designation for a group that is often the last chance for these abandoned and injured birds of peace. There are countless doves and pigeons who are now fed, housed and cherished because of the 24/7 work of this small, tireless organization.

Pigeon Flock at Lake Merritt

Pigeon Flock at Lake Merritt - Oakland, California

Standing Up for Pigeons

I have a soft spot for pigeons — always have. I used to stop kids from kicking them, I debated with friends who loathed these “rats with wings,” and I (admittedly, now abashedly) fed my share of pigeons in Trafalgar Square when I had the good fortune to travel to London.

I talked with pigeon feeders in Hyde Park and came to realize that it was, indeed, a special type of person who could appreciate and revere this much-maligned bird. It wasn’t always so. Pigeons have an esteemed role in human history, as companions, as good luck charms, as messengers in war. If you’re a fighter for the underdog, I suggest the pigeon as a worthy underdog to champion. A bird who deserves our adoration.

Humane Ways to Cohabit With City Pigeons

That’s precisely what the first video is about: people who’ve cared enough for pigeons to effect positive, cultural change on their behalf. There are humane ways for humans to cohabit with urban pigeons. If you’re not familiar with the British group PICAS (Pigeon Control Advisory Service) or the pigeon solutions implemented in Basel, Switzerland you’ll be amazed at the contrast between these compassionate approaches to pigeon issues — versus our own, often twisted methodology for dealing with these birds. As the video suggests, we, as a culture, compromise our own humanity by choosing the often cruel tactics we employ.

A word of warning: This is one of the more tame videos I’ve seen in terms of pigeon-control footage, but there are a few disturbing scenes showing the effects of poison, as well as two short scenes of pigeons being shot.


The second video shows the building of Rotterdam’s first public pigeon loft (they type of loft discussed in the above documentary). The vid’s a little slow — lack of dramatic tension. But you can see it’s a serious operation with a Calder-like design.

I’ve always enjoyed photographing pigeons. You can see my always-expanding gallery of pigeon photos along with links to related pigeon posts from this blog.


More Information on Pigeons, both Feral and Domestic:

By | 2010-01-08T19:47:57+00:00 January 8th, 2010|Animal Issues, Bird Species, Blog, Doves & Pigeons, Issues, Wildlife Ethics|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. stphen gaurd February 11, 2010 at 2:08 am

    well very nice videos!we should have a soft corner for these birds and if any way they are harming or distorting ur things, the precautions should be taken which should not harm them.

  2. stphen February 12, 2010 at 2:23 am

    i am really touched with the videos you have shown ,these were really very great and touching.i even have a sweat corner in my heart for these birds and even if the protection measures are taken , it should be taken keeping in mind that these precautions should not harm these birds.

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