People who feed pigeons are mentally ill, claims council

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PostTue Jun 12, 2012 5:22 pm » by Flecktarn


Council members have been criticised as "condescending and naive" as they linked pigeon feeding to mental illness.
In a report from Liverpool City Council, the statement said: "Pigeon Feeding - Often undertaken by individuals with mental health needs."
The statement was part of the council's Street Activity Management Plan, and has enraged members of the mental health charity MIND.
The council based the report on a survey taken several years ago, but was unable to provide a copy to back up the claim.
It was estimated that in 2007, street cleaners in Liverpool spent a total of 88 hours a day cleaning up pigeon droppings, which forced the council to invest in the "Robop" - a robotic bird of prey perched on buildings to deter pigeons.
A spokeswoman at MIND blasted the claim as "outlandish" and adding to discrimination towards those suffering from mental illness.
Kate Stringer, Head of Communications at Time to Change, England's biggest mental health anti-stigma programme run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, said: "This is another example of the unhelpful misconceptions that surround people with mental health problems.
"One in four of us will experience a mental illness at some point in our lives and so to make such outlandish assumptions is only adding to the discrimination that so many of us are having to face everyday."
Liverpool Liberal party leader Cllr Steve Radford called the claim "ludicrious" and "stereotypical" and slammed the council as "naive".
He said: "The claim is incredibly insulting. There are people who like feeding pigeons without thinking of the consequences, but to call them mentally ill is just ludicrious.
"Their statement is condescending and naive. We have seen problems with pigeon feeding but to sugest they have mental health problems is not only stereotyping but incrediblt offensive."
A Liverpool council spokesperson said: "The reference in the report relates to a survey carried out by the council about five years ago when it was considering whether to prosecute persistent pigeon feeders.
"It was found it would be inappropriate to prosecute many of the people involved because they had mental health issues.
"This of course is not to say that everybody who feeds pigeons falls into that category.
"What we try and do is educate people about the harmful effects feeding pigeons can have." :lol: :lol:
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PostTue Jun 12, 2012 5:54 pm » by Svaha


I say that council members that waste precious time on such a matter are mentally ill and should be hung on a flocking post (I know that from Stronghold) to get some serious spanking. :mrgreen:
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PostTue Jun 12, 2012 7:25 pm » by 1973samtyler



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Would they say the same about conspiracy theorists? :wink:

CBC: conspiracy theorists are mentally ill and not to be trusted.


Source:http://www.straight.com/article-500291/vancouver/cbc-conspiracy-theorists-are-mentally-ill-and-not-be-trusted

See, they're not just picking on the pigeon feeders.......... :alien51:
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PostTue Jun 12, 2012 7:29 pm » by Flecktarn


what about the ones who feed seagulls :think: :headscratch: or people who have bird tables :headscratch: :think:
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PostTue Jun 12, 2012 7:33 pm » by Fatdogmendoza


Do you know what? people on this forum who know me know that I am not predjudice or bigoted ( i hope ) maybe I do tend to go for religous fundamentalists sometimes but thats my problem not theirs, however in Birmingham a good deal of people who feed pigeons do seem to be cognitively impaired :peep: but that could just be my poor observation skills tho.. :oops:
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PostTue Jun 12, 2012 7:35 pm » by Yuya63


Not all people have backyards for birdfeeders. So a park or anywhere theres birds seems a fine place to feed them... call me crazy. It's relaxing.

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PostTue Jun 12, 2012 7:38 pm » by Fatdogmendoza


Flecktarn wrote:what about the ones who feed seagulls :think: :headscratch: or people who have bird tables :headscratch: :think:



Feeding seagulls :lol: fleck my bro....they are theiving bastards, you dont need to feed them...
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PostTue Jun 12, 2012 8:03 pm » by Flecktarn


a mate of mine calls seagulls sky gypsies ,because the nick everything the could eat and leave shit everywhere :flop: :flop: :flop: :flop:
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PostTue Jun 12, 2012 8:19 pm » by Fatdogmendoza


Flecktarn wrote:a mate of mine calls seagulls sky gypsies ,because the nick everything the could eat and leave shit everywhere :flop: :flop: :flop: :flop:


Ha ha ha ha :peep:
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