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Don't Fucking Feed The Animals

weather: sunny
outside: 20°C
mood: pissed off
Have I ranted recently about fucking humans and how much I hate them? No? Okay, I think I'm entitled then.

Stanley Park is home to a multitude of wildlife. Recently, there's been a Rabies Caution Advisory. Some of the critters have been found to have rabies. It's theorized that it came from an infected bat(?). People and domestic pets have been bitten in the last month or so.

What really gets me is why they were bitten.

The people were feeding some infected raccoons. FEEDING them! LOOK people. I don't care how cute, furry and cuddly looking these animals are, they're wild animals. Animals will always respond favorably to food offerings, but THEY'RE STILL WILD ANIMALS. They can turn on you for any of a number of reasons that we do and don't understand.

Raccoons are nocturnal animals. For the children and Really Slow People™: that means they sleep during daylight hours and come out to hunt for food at night. The raccoons in Stanley Park come out during THE DAY now. See, THEY WOULDN'T BE INFECTING YOU WITH RABIES IF THEY WEREN'T OUT AND ABOUT DURING THE DAY.

People feeding geese and ducks really pisses me off. YOU'RE FUCKING UP THEIR NATURAL MIGRATORY INSTINCTS. These birds are learning that there's food to be had here, so they won't migrate south for the winter. GUESS WHAT? Those birds were never meant to live in cold climates.

I hate people. Stupid people need to die.

[Addendum]

So, before anyone tells me that picking up the baby robin was a bad thing to do, I should say that:

  1. it wasn't my idea to keep it. My personal policy with non-domestic animals is to "Live and Let Die Because Nature Has Had This Shit WELL Figured Out For Millions Of Years Already, Thank You Fucking Humans To Leave Well Enough Alone".

  2. I was fairly young then and having never had exposure to animals, I had no knowledge of what to do in that situation.

  3. now that I know, I won't ever touch a baby chick or any other animal laying around. If I think it's in danger, I'll call someone who knows better to handle it instead.

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razorw
Jun. 18th, 2004 09:24 pm (UTC)
If only people weren't so ignorant. Sometimes, people just don't know. I mean .. how many times have we seen on TV/movies of people feeding the birds? --Ray
jenny_rambles
Jun. 19th, 2004 12:49 am (UTC)
Erg - that drives me nuts. I remember a few summers ago we were at Junioer springs in Ocala - getting ready to do the canoe run. They give you this little cart to take down your canoe in - I was standing watch while Alex went to return in.
Ocala is full of racoons, eating campers garbage and just hanging out with no fear of humans at all. This REALLY BIG on came around the corner.
"Look" I said, to the little boy standing there with his dad, "See the Racoon?"
"Here" says the dad, pulling out a marshmallow "Go feed it".
Yeah - my jaw dropped. Here, little 5 year old child of mine, go HAND FEED A POSSIBLY RABID WILD ANIMAL.
thisisme9556
Jun. 19th, 2004 06:36 am (UTC)
We have the "animal feeding problem" with wild geese and ducks in the parks around here. They never migrate because people come out with loaves of bread (plural) and feed the "little birdies". Then they get pissed if a big goose comes after their kid. I saw one little girl bitten by a mad goose.

Now there are some bird illnesses hitting the birds and making some of them sick.

It is so bad now that when we go for walks around the park lagoons (there are two parks within walking distance for us), the geese follow us thinking they will get food! And the goose poop all over is very annoying. There is nowhere to walk on the sidewalks and forget even trying to sit in the grass near the water.....

Why are people so dumb?
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bride
Jun. 22nd, 2004 01:21 pm (UTC)
It is, too =) Thanks =)
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