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Saturday, June 13, 2009
Noon - 4 pm
Pilgrim Hill in Central Park
New York, NY
(enter on northwest corner of 5th Avenue & E. 72nd Street)
Come on out in honor of "New York's unofficial feathered mascot" (quoted in the New York Post)

Speakers, political activism, entertainment and material distribution.
Join us as we rally for the rights of birds, protest pigeon trafficking to Pennsylvania for the purposes of pigeon shoots, pigeon control methods and poaching, rigid feeding laws and hunting activities at places such as the Philadelphia Gun Club in Bensalem.

Committee of scheduled participants are the following. They are listed in no particular order, and are all wonderful: (program description follows):
Sam Hack, Peter Pigeon of Snug Harbor, Christine L. Mott, Esq, The Humane Society of the United States, Amos Latteier, United Poultry Concerns, Norene Leddy, Charles Patterson, Fiona Walsh, The Vivian Girls Experience, Mark Caponigro, Jenny Bower, Raghav Goyal, Johanna Clearfield, Don Jenner, the Trachtenberg Family, Rachel Hirschfeld, Esq., Mindful Tails, Ted Enik, Arlene Steinberg, A.M. Richard Fine Art, The Animal Club NYC, Skyler Ferrone.

Our NPD Mistress of Ceremonies will be Christine L. Mott, Esq., Member of the New York City Bar Association's Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals.

Patrick Kwan is New York state director for The Humane Society of the United States and spearheads the organization’s humane policy & campaigns in the Empire State. Backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28, including over 800,000 New Yorkers, The HSUS is the nation’s largest animal protection organization. Prior to joining The HSUS, he was a field organizer for Amnesty International and an advisory board member of the Center for Environmental Citizenship (now the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund), and managed media relations & communications efforts for corporate, nonprofit, and government organizations including the Mayor’s Alliance’s for NYC’s Animals, The September 11th Fund, and NYC & Company.

Amos Latteier - a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist who creates interactive public art using technology and performs PowerPoint lectures. He has performed lectures across North America and in Europe. His recent public art projects include a location-specific haiku by sms project, a telephone-operated karaoke protest song project, a pigeon condo, cell phone-operated nature tour, a 500lb potato battery, and a chainsaw-powered walking machine.

Karen Davis, Ph.D., United Poultry Concerns, pigeon literature

Norene Leddy - a video, installation and new media artist living in Jersey City and working in Hoboken. Her work has been exhibited in New York and internationally, and awards include a Fulbright Fellowship to Cyprus and residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, and Gallery Aferro. She holds an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design, and currently teaches at Parsons and Kean University. Visit Norene online. Norene also holds a class about pigeons at the New School for Design.

Charles Patterson - the author of Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust (soon to be in 13 languages). He dedicated his book to the memory of his neighbor, the writer Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-91), who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978. The title of Patterson's book is from Singer: "In relation to them [animals] all people are Nazis; for the animals it's an eternal Treblinka." (Treblinka was a German death camp north of Warsaw.) Patterson will talk about Singer's love of birds and his devotion to feeding pigeons on Broadway and in Riverside Park.

Rachel Hirschfeld, Esq., nationally recognized pet trust attorney and advocate for people with pets will speak about "Feeding Laws in New York".

Mark Caponigro teaches literature, Greek and Latin languages at Montclair State University, NJ, Department of Classics and General Humanities.
How a Pigeon Saved the Human Race: Doves in Ancient Religious Traditions (the role pigeons played in biblical and classic literature).

Ms. Kreinen is founder of The Animal Club NYC and has rescued many an injured pigeon. She is especially interested in banning the use of glue traps used to deter pigeons from roosting. An elementary school teacher and science specialist, Ms. Kreinen is a vegan member of UFT’s Humane Education Committee and additionally completing her Humane Education Specialist certification through HSUS. She has launched Project Pigeon Watch with her students and runs in-school service projects collecting materials and funds for ACC's Safety Net and JASA’s Pet Project. Ms. Kreinen has a mission to elect officials who will mandate compliance with NY State’s Humane Education Law and see Humane Education training integrated into teacher preparation programs and state certification requirements. Ms. Kreinen will be accompanied by Skyler Ferrone, a member of The Animal Club and a sixth grader at Hunter College Elementary School for the Gifted and Talented. Skyler is a dedicated animal lover and will talk about her special relationship with one pigeon that she calls Dalmatian Pigeon.

see blog for complete info: http://wwwnationalpigeonday.com
 

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i live in scotland,but follow with interest on national pigeon day!!!!doing my own little bit for it,,were doing a "feral feed"(feeding ferals who were displaced by demolition of old cinema they roosted in),making some pigeon posters,lobbying our parliament(again!!!!!)about the way pigeons are treated here,(negative press in papers ,use of raptors and traps to deter pigeons roosting on scottish parliament buildings and other buildings)remembering the significance of pigeons and doves in history and spiritual life,i am going to mix a cocktail at work with pigeons in mind too(gonna try and be inventive here)just wanna do my small bit to raise awareness on these beautiful and gentle birds,wish i could come ot NYC for the celebrations,have a great pigeon day all!!!!
 
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