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    As you are aware pigeons are very much in the news, not only in New York City, but worldwide. What better time than to declare June 13th National Pigeon Day commemorating the death of Cher Ami (meaning Dear Friend in French).

    His story can be found on the following link:

    http://www.homeofheroes.com/wings/part1/3b_cherami.html


    Pigeons heroically fought for our country during wars and were used by people as messengers, saving many human lives.

    Cher Ami died of his multiple war wounds on June 13, 1919--less than a year after he had completed his service to the United States Army Signal Corps. Upon his death a taxidermist preserved the small pigeon for future generations, a bird with a story that became an inspiration to millions over the years.

    On this special day, students in schools across the United States will commemorate this day by learning of the significant role pigeons played in the history of the World. This can appropriately tie in with New York State's Humane Education Law, enacted in 1947 that is not being complied with in our school system, which requires instruction in the humane care and treatment of animals. The law is not been enforced, and few educators know of its existence.

    In September 2006, New York City Council Member Tony Avella introduced a resolution urging the New York City Department of Education to help schools comply with New York State's Humane Education Law by issuing a memo to all public schools in the city.

    We respectfully request that June 13th be declared National Pigeon Day in honor of pigeons who are war heroes.

    Anna Dove
    Founder
    New York Bird Club
    http://www.manhattanbirdclub.com

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    So you can actually say, "Hello, my name is Anna Dove... and I'm the founder of the New York Bird Club..."

    Now that is pretty cool.

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    When I read the topic title I thought we were going to discuss the different ways of eating pigeon! I love pigeon pie!
    Having read luciedove's posting I had better back off talking about pigeons, otherwise known as flying rats!

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    I was wondering that too... would eating a nice pigeon risotto on National Pigeon Day, be respectful or disrespectful?

    I mean, one could eat quail on National Pigeon Day, but it might seem spiteful.

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    We respectfully request that June 13th be declared National Pigeon Day in honor of pigeons who are war heroes.
    We should also have a National Jackass Day


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    June 13th: Lock Up the Pelicans Day

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    Mmmmm. Pigeon risotto.


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    Pigeon pie.

    Preparation time 30 mins to 1 hour
    Cooking time 1 to 2 hours

    Ingredients
    4-5 pigeons, drawn
    salt and pepper
    250g/8oz stewing beef
    250g/8oz shortcrust pastry
    beaten egg to glaze
    2 tsp cornflour
    300ml/10fl oz stock


    Method
    1. preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
    2. Joint the birds into two breast joints and two leg joints each and stew the rest of the carcass in a little water to make stock for the gravy.
    3. Cut the beef into small pieces and line a deep 20cm/8in pie dish with these.
    4. Lay the pigeon joints on top, cover with water, add salt and pepper, then cover the pie dish with greased paper or aluminium foil. Place in the oven and simmer for 1½ hours.
    5. Remove from the oven and raise oven temperature to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
    6. Cover the pie with the shortcrust pastry, brush the top with beaten egg, put back into the oven and bake until the pastry is golden brown.
    7. Make a gravy by mixing 10g/2tsp cornflour with a little cold water and add to 300ml/10fl oz of the warmed stock. Allow to thicken while stirring, season and serve with the pie.

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    Now that sounds like a good recipe to me Meerkat!

    The only good pigeon is a dead pigeon - get out and do as Tom suggests:

    http://mx.youtube.com/watch?v=yhuMLpdnOjY

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    To draw: Disembowel; remove the entrails.

    Meerkat, you're a butcher.

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    Marksman called in to kill Kingston’s pigeons - Surrey Comet newspaper



    Kingston's pigeons are due to be culled

    A specialist marksman will carry out a "humane cull" of pigeons in the Memorial Gardens, Kingston's Town Centre Management announced this week.

    The cull will be done by a private pest control contractor from Cobham as part of a three-year programme to reduce Kingston's pigeon population.
    Graham McNally, town centre manager, said it had considered other ways of culling before deciding on shooting. He said: "At this moment in time, a specialist marksman will be used to shoot the pigeons. I can definitely say there will be no gassing and no poisoning. The cull will be carried out discreetly."

    Mr McNally could not confirm when precisely the cull would begin, but it is expected in the next month.

    Police permission has been obtained for the shoot, which will be carried out in the early hours of the morning. The programme will cost nearly £14,000, with half of that allocated for the first year alone.

    Mr McNally said: "We are also working on removing their food and stopping those who foolishly feed the pigeons."


    The Surrey Comet would like to thank all of our visitors who left comments on this story.
    Many comments were obviously heartfelt and others humorous and the issue has clearly sparked a lot of interest - but the debate has now been closed. You can read some of the comments below.

    Posted by Christobel Young on 1:08pm 24 Nov 07
    The pigeons are part of Kingston - they harm no one. The council wastes so much of our our taxes with inefficient paving works that are being carried out in the town - which is unsafe - and I can vouch for that as I caught my toe in the pavement and fell over. It has taken ages to get better. What terrible action is to be taken when there are so many things that could be done to improve things for the town.

    Posted by Martin Wildoat on 10:56am 29 Nov 07
    I agree with this action. Pigeons carry all manner of diseases like AIDS, malaria, rabies and mad cow disease to name but a few. They are also very aggressive and I can vouch for this as I was attacked by a flock and pecked severely while on my way home from flower arranging classes. In fact I would be more than happy to help in the killing of these evil creatures. Well done Kingston council keep up the good work.

    Posted by: Stephanie Baxendale on 8:03pm 29 Nov 07
    Why not just round these flying rats up in a big net? Surely the council could find some practical use, for example setting up a tasty pigeon pie stall in the centre of town. I for one would be grateful to see these horrific beasts removed from the Royal borough altogether! They are a nuisance, and also the flying wizards of Satan. There, I've said it.

    Posted by: Mr Dallinger on 9:57pm 29 Nov 07
    I think the correct solution would be to hack the wings off as many pigeons as possible before joining them together to create one large wing. This could be wafted at the pigeons by any member of the townsfolk when numbers got too high. Children could also shelter under it at times of heavy rain or possibly loud thunder.

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    Seems a Pigeon Poll would be pointless here

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    A hero of our time!
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    I wonder what's the NY Bird Club's position on owls.

    Are they the anti-heroes, the Nazis?

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