Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wimbledon Murder Case

Wimbledon came under fire from animal activists on Tuesday for using marksmen to shoot down dive-bombing pigeons.

The tournament employs two hawks to scare away pigeons who had become a pest swooping down on Centre Court and distracting players in the middle of tense matches.

But the hawks failed to keep the pigeons away from the players’ lawn and the open-air media restaurant so marksmen were called in.

“The hawks are our first line of deterrent, and by and large they do the job,” Wimbledon spokesman Johnny Perkins said.

“But unfortunately there were one or two areas where the hawks didn’t deter the pigeons, so it was deemed necessary to take a harder approach,” he explained.

The marksmen were summoned by Wimbledon as pigeon droppings on the restaurant tables were thought to be a health hazard.

The decision to call in the marksmen was condemned as “cruel and illegal behaviour” by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) which complained to the tournament organisers and the police.

“Since the use of marksmen to kill pigeons appears to have been carried out as a first, rather than a last resort, and not out of a concern for public health, but rather because the animals were deemed inconvenient by players, you appear to be in clear violation of the law,” PETA vice-president Bruce Friedrich said.


Reese said...


I read through some of your blogs and I really like what you write about. I work for a non-profit organization called the International Dark-Sky Association, and part of our mission is to stop light pollution from affecting the nighttime ecosystem. Some specific examples are migrating birds who get off course because of the distraction of bright lights, and they die because they never reach their destination. Also, there are several species of sea turtles that are on the endangered species list because of coastal lighting that attracts baby turtles away from the sea and into the cities where they get hit by cars, stepped on, and other horrible things. You might check it out, it could give you more material for your blog. Some websites to check out are (about the birds), (our website about bad lighting) and the archie carr wildlife conservation website. Anyways, keep up the good work!