Ignorance seems to know no bounds these days and the growing disregard for nature from some of my fellow human beings fills me with utter despair. Never more so than today when I read the incredible story about some residents of Bristol in the UK who have lined tree branches with bird deterrent spikes to prevent droppings on their precious cars parked on the street below. As unbelievable as this sounds, it is not fake news, it is really happening and what is more disconcerting is that the people who are preventing the birds from living in their natural environment maintain that, by placing the spikes in the trees, they are 'doing nothing wrong'.
There has, thank goodness, been a wave of outrage from other Bristol residents who have been left aghast at the selfish actions of the few who want to eradicate the birds, but the local council say there is nothing they can do to stop private residents from attaching bird spikes to their trees.
Amazingly, this is not the first time such deranged behaviour has reared its very ugly head. And sometimes it is the councillors themselves who display rampant lunacy. Back in September, a particularly witless local council in Stevenage, UK, in their misplaced 'wisdom', and with a distinct flair to exhibit profound stupidity, decided to attach bird deterrent spikes on trees around their town “to protect from bird mess and the risk of spreading infection” which illustrates just how brainless some elected councillors actually are. It's frightening just how moronic some people can be and scary to think that people with such low levels of moral intelligence represent us on a local and national level.
Birds live in trees! That is what birds do! Really, people, get used to it!
I just find it surprising, with the mindlessness of these idiots, that they haven't cut down the actual trees which is what dull-wits generally do in the pursuit of their selfish little lives.
It worries me, the bigger picture shows how widespread this attitude is. A quick internet search reveals a wide array of bird spikes and bird deterrent gels - and plenty of comments from people who advocate using them when birds 'cause a nuisance' in garden trees. 'Our patio is under a tree and the birds in the branches above are especially troublesome'.
Unbelievable. But true.
With news like this, clearly there is something very very wrong with the world – although we know this has been the case for some time – there are many who spout green words about saving the planet but who resolutely refuse to give up their cars or cut back on their own consumption of precious resources. Empty words and actions will never bring about change.
But the news of people wanting to rid trees of birds is a new low point because when protecting a parked car or a garden patio from bird droppings becomes more important than protecting the birds themselves, we have a major problem.
It is small wonder that bird populations are falling rapidly in the UK when trees are being felled at an alarming rate and when imbeciles attach bird deterrents to those that remain.
Unless attitudes change, we will rid our towns, cities – and countryside – of nature. This seems to be what many desire. With environmental destruction gathering pace in the UK and elsewhere, it seems that there might be no stopping the greedy and selfish, such as those in Bristol, Stevenage and elsewhere who sum up the widespread disregard for nature by seeking to prevent birds from living in trees.
Look around, people, you are killing wildlife in every direction! Wind turbines slicing birds and bats in half, industrial development in rural areas eradicating habitats for all species, pollution at sea killing marine wildlife – and now city dwellers removing birds from trees.
If there is any hope of halting the wanton destruction of our world, then with attitudes like this, it seems to be fading fast.