There has been so much kind interest in my campaign to stop councils from imposing fines on people whose only 'crime' is feeding wild birds. Victimisation of decent, law abiding people (often the more vulnerable in our society) is not something that we should accept, it is wrong and cruel.
Our petition is doing well, we have about 1100 signatures as I write and I've contacted the relevant department in British government with my proposal to set up areas in towns and cities where good people can feed the birds without fear of being persecuted.... there is a worrying intolerance towards those who care for urban wildlife and it's a trend among the less informed to view pigeons and gulls (and other wild creatures) as 'vermin' which is incredibly ignorant.
Anyway I thought I'd share with you some of the comments I've received from those signing my petition and championing our cause. I couldn't include them all here but each and every one has been read and appreciated. The comments speak for themselves but one recurring theme is that of compassion, something that seems to be in short supply in 2018....
Thank you all for your support and please keep sharing the petition, for the sake of all of us who value our human right to show compassion, our freedom of choice - and especially for the birds.
"I am one of those who derive so much pleasure interacting with these dear birds. I suffer with chronic depression and, for a small while, these interactions make me happy."
"I would love nothing more than to be able to feed the pigeons in designated areas - please allow us this pleasure ."
"Pigeons are beautiful animals that warm the heart and lift the spirit. Just as they benefit us through their behavior and trusting nature, so should we benefit them through food and providing a safe living and nesting environment."
"Omg! Feeding wildlife is a crime? Whats wrong with you!? I feed birds every week, it's called compassion, and it makes me and the birds happy!"
"compassion is a trait to be celebrated..."
"I feed the pigeons everyday. It's something I look forward to. The birds trust me which is a pleasure to see. I've been insulted and threatened. I care not a jot. I will carry on feeding them......"
"All birds need food. Once again humans deciding which ones they "like" and which are "vermin"...."
"Kindness should be applauded not fined"
"Porque no somos delincuentes. Somos sensibles y amante de los animales"
..."we are not criminals. We are sensitive and loving of the animals...."
"We have taken over their habitat. We owe them."
"I'm signing because I love birds"
"The birds might be the only regular contact that these people have with another living being....."
"Pigeons and other birds pose no threat or health risk to humans. We should embrace our wildlife, not punish it for us taking over their natural habitat. The least we humans can do is have some compassion."
"Something is very wrong in the world if we punish compassion and encourage cruelty."
"Feeding the birds is simply showing empathy. Is that wrong?"
Thanks to you all, lovely people, your support is heartwarming, Jase 😊
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