I consider pigeons flying rats. But, as any student of the environment knows, even the nastiest animal serves some purpose in the ecosystem. Flies, for example, are mother’s nature’s garbage disposers; their maggots feed on and thus recycle waste. Spiders eat flies and mosquitos. And so on.
Man does his/her things too, of course, managing animal populations by hunting, farming, developing land, altering the pathways of rivers, calling Orkin, etc. All of which bothers not a bit, when done responsibly.
I’m OK with sport hunting too; it channels big bucks to local communities and helps pay for environmental protection. But I see little use for live pigeon shooting (i.e. trapped birds released for targets). There are more effective ways to kill/control the birds. And, more than that, it strikes me as lazy and, well, gross. Another kind of canned hunt.
What’s your take on this “sport”?