Report: 300 Pigeons Abducted from Washington Square Park for ‘Live Shoots’
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If you’ve noticed a lack of pigeons in and around Washington Square Park, you’re eyes haven’t deceived you. This past Tuesday, a mass pigeon abduction reportedly took place, and in broad daylight (approximately 3pm). This kind of thing has happened on and off over the last ten years; the end game is usually that they’re sold in Pennsylvania for live shooting events. Apparently, each pigeon is worth $2 to $3, but are sold by the shooting galleries for upwards of $50.
While many would say “good riddance,” Tina Trachtenberg, the artist and pigeon advocate who creates felt replicas of the birds and displays them throughout city parks, quickly created a memorial in Washington Square Park for her missing feral friends.
She also took her advocacy to Facebook regarding the unauthorized nabbing:
I received horrific news today. These innocent, trusting, loving, pigeons, approximately 300 of them were netted on Tuesday in Washington Square Park. The person who did this will transport them to Pennsylvania where they will have their wings clipped and be put into a mechanism that will shoot them in the air and men will shoot them for sport. These were my friends that I loved dearly. Please come to Washington Square park tomorrow for a memorial and to give love to me and all of the other people who loved them. Our hearts are crushed.
Word on the street is several people saw the bird-napping go down, but everyone chose to ignore the “if you see something, say something” mantra. The NYPD is currently investigating.
For a more in depth explanation about what happened, visit Washington Square Park Blog.