Saturday, January 31, 2009
951.01 Definitions. In this chapter:
(1) “Animal” includes every living:
(a) Warm−blooded creature, except a human being;
(b) Reptile; or
THIS INCLUDES MICE.
951.08 Instigating fights between animals. (1) No person may intentionally instigate, promote, aid or abet as a principal, agent or employee, or participate in the earnings from, or intentionally maintain or allow any place to be used for a cockfight, dog fight, bullfight or other fight between the same or different kinds of animals or between an animal and a person.
AHEM--instigating a fight between an owl and a mouse meets the criteria here.
Section 951.15 Abandoning animals. No person may abandon any animal.
AHEM--by definition mice are animals.
It's not like I don't have blood on my talons, and I enjoy getting an easy meal as much as the next guy. But gimme a break. You humans write the laws, so follow them already.
I've been reading the birding listservs lately, and getting more and more freaked out by the discussion of "ethics" in feeding mice to owls. I mean, what the h*ll???!!! Everyone is oh, so concerned about the health of those godless killing machines, calling owls "magnificent" and on and on and on, and not one person seems to be speaking up for us mice.
Well, I have news for you photographers and birders and other people out there. I did not bear and nurse and raise these babies of mine for you to grab them, throw them in a box, and drive out in the northern wilderness to just toss them on the snow for some cursed owl to rip them up and eat them. Yeah, predation is natural. So if you want to be natural, take off that high-tech outer wear and those heavy-duty boots and get out there, naked as my babies are, and see how much you really like nature before you throw my children, or anyone else's children, out into it. When we know the lay of the land, we can take care of ourselves pretty darned well, and when we get eaten, that's the breaks. THAT is nature. It is not nature, or natural, to force one of us mice into some stupid aquarium or cage with some hot-to-trot male we don't even get to pick, and make us rear babies just so you can take "pretty" photos of an owl. You want photos of an owl the easy way, you toss your own babies out there for it.
There. I've got that off my chest. Now go back to talking "ethics."
Friday, January 30, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Okay, so we're a little scruffy looking and arrived in America in 1891 rather than before the Mayflower did. But who brought us here? You humans did. And now, rather than finding a "humane" (THAT's a funny word!) way of dealing with us, you poison a whole bunch of us and then act shocked--SHOCKED--when we start dying all over the place. And who's supposed to be the smartest species on the planet? I don't think so. And holy crap--talk about a biased article! Sure, we're a problem according to bluebirds and Red-headed Woodpeckers. But you guys are a bigger problem than we are, to a whole lot more species.
Dead birds in Franklin Township were killed on purpose
by Brian Murray/The Star-LedgerMonday January 26, 2009, 4:28 PM
Hundreds of birds that dropped dead on Somerset County cars, porches and snow-covered lawns, alarming residents over the weekend, were all of a rather foul breed of fowl--the notorious European starling, which the United States Department of Agriculture killed on purpose.
Friday, January 23, 2009
And, ahem--our name means "gray or white with or as if with age."
Betcha YOU can't say that!
Friday, January 16, 2009
Most reports said the plane crash was "caused" by birds. Hello? The plane crash was caused by the the tragic intersection of the paths of a plane and a flock of birds, neither of which was communicating well with the other. I liked that Salon Magazine's "Ask the Pilot" column, written by Patrick Smith, at least noticed this. He wrote, "Birdstrikes, as they're called, are fairly common and seldom harmful (unless, of course you're talking from the bird's point of view)." Few people are fair minded enough to ever take the bird's point of view into account, and I thank you, Mr. Smith, for that.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Anyway, there are still humans who somehow qualify for hunting licenses without knowing how to tell the difference between a swan and a goose! Again--it's not rocket science. Hello?! Snow Geese have black primaries--our plumage is entirely white. DUH!
What a mess. People report these kinds of stories in the news all the time, but what good does it do? Like I said, they're supposed to be the literate ones, and they're the species that actually has rocket scientists. Intelligence is as intelligence does. By that reckoning, humans are not all they're cracked up to be.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
When I sit like this you can't even tell!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
And what's with being so judgmental? We chickadees don't make fun of the many kinds of "family values" we see in our mixed flocks. You'd think you were RIck Warren or something!