I agree 100%.i'm a bit torn about the sport myself on one hand is very cool to be able to get up close to see these amazing birds, on the other hand i hate the fact that they are stolen out of the nest to be doomed to a life in captivity instead of flying free as is there birthright.
i say talk to the neighbor and tell him your concerns i'm sure it will be fine and you will get to visit with an awesome bird at the same time
geesh that's horrible! i hope they took him to courtIt depends very much on the kind of person your neighbour is.
We had a sad case here on Pigeon Talk , when someone deliberately set his hawk on his friend's racing pigeons which were out for exercise and considered the photograph of the kill a suitable subject for this forum.
I hate to poo poo on someone elses "thing" or hobbie, but... yeah, that is something I did not think of till now... wild animals, birds or what ever should stay that way. I do not feel that way with domestic feral animals though, like cats, horses, pigeons?, ... But if they are well cared for, and it is a strictly governed on having them, then perhaps they do not suffer as they can in the wild to find food... I dunno... I kinda have mixed feelings on it, as I do not know enough about the subject to make a decided opinion....ummmmcapturing once they know true freedom is even meaner, i do know it takes a very long time and a lot of training to become permitted to do it so thankfully it's not something anyone can just go ahead and do or would want to do
don't mind my opinion of it i will always stick up for a birds freedom if they are healthy enough to be free
Why do you feel that they aren't trainable? What does trainable mean to you?That's a first for me Too!
Personally, I feel that Pigeons are Alot More Fun to keep, then any other type of Bird.
I also feel, that Hawks really, are Not, trainable. Not any more trainable then,(example) say, a Lion, or Hippo would be.
I kind of understand this, but I don't really agree completely.Wild animals are just that, Wild Animals.
I won't support any agressive breed of animal as a pet.
I disagree with this. The birds don't just follow people, they fly back to your hand. They aren't trained to do tricks...As far as the training, its more of teaching the bird to associate humans with food. The bird is wild and will never be trained in the way we tend to think of a trained animal. All it learns from the falconer is that if it follows the human it will lead the bird to food.
I can just FEEL YOUR PASSION for pigeons when reading thisKc, Taking Wild Hawks, has NO Effect On the Wild Population, (of Wild Hawks) IT IS CLOSELY MONITORED, By the U.S. Government.
Yea, I believe that Trust me... S$!&#., You Bet!
I've Got A good Idea, If anyone wants to pay their Tax Dollars to Contibute to the Preditor Type Birds in this world, then go for it!
On the other hand, Anyone who Doesn't, want to pay their tax dollars tword preditor type birds, should be able to do that too!
Fair Is Fair. The last I heard, It's a Free country.
CVnon, Have you had first hand knowledge, handleing preditory birds? or is this just hearsay?
Most everyone here has, on a dayly basis, Hands on experiance with Pigeons.
I guess, what I, and a lot of others here don't understand is, How, Exactly, do You, or Anyone else, Take Wild Preditory Birds, and (Try To) Train them, to do what you want them to do, at any time.
It's not feeseable.
It's Not Even Ethical!
If you Two, have never Enjoyed Keeping Domestic Pigeons as a Hobby, or a Sport, or even, just for the Fun of it, then, You Are Truly Missing Out on keeping one of the Best, most Reliable, and Extremely Interesting, and Loyal Pets That the World has to offer!
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