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Finch fighting: An idea for the birds

Posted Monday, February 15, 2010, at 10:21 AM

We've heard of dog fighting and chicken fighting.

But finch fighting?

I was looking for information about the Masschusetts native accused in the University of Alabama-Huntsville shootings and was surprised to find this on the Boston Herald's website.

Just an example of the meanness in the world today. Would any of you have imagined what appear to me to be songbirds fighting each other?

I guess serious gamblers and people with mean streaks will go for anything.

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(Oh,and I hope all the bad guys had their cocks removed,too.)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 6:06 PM

Oh my Quantumcat, you're ruthless. I'd hate to not please you.

-- Posted by somecommonsense on Wed, Feb 17, 2010, at 7:40 AM

those poor birds that is so sad.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 5:27 PM

Remember,people just like these went in for gladiator fights,bear-baiting,dog fights and rooster fights before this.

They'd watch fish kill one another at their tables,put scorpions in tanks with spiders and made no distinction between having a hound pursue a fox or raccoon,a greyhound go after a rabbit or setting sighthounds after retarded children.

(That's not even counting cases where friendly dogs tracked escaped slaves or prisoners.)

It's one thing to pit one animal's survival instincts against another to protect oneself or to feed oneself and one's family.

It's another to cause creatures to suffer just to indulge cruelty and greed.

I hope every instance of such bloodsports can be found and halted.

I pray that the hapless hens and chicks were confiscated and given happy,healthy new environments.

(Oh,and I hope all the bad guys had their cocks removed,too.)

Then,the birds and the rest of us would have something to sing about.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 6:06 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.