Tuesday, February 3, 2015

When Doves Cry

Photo:  allpetstype-education.blogspot.com
This is the fourth post in a series on birds (begun Jan 27th) and the people who care about them.

Pandemonium Aviaries founder and author Michele Raffin's fateful encounter with an injured domesticated dove was the beginning of a remarkable journey that revealed the emotional lives of birds. In her book, The Birds of Pandemonium, she explains why doves should never be used at weddings, funerals and other ceremonies. Most people have no idea of the suffering doves experience afterward. 

Domesticated white doves don’t stand a chance in the wild. Their color makes them stand out, and the hawks have an easy time targeting them.

Dove release has become a popular coda to “I do’s.” It’s a pretty sight, but I had never considered the aftermath. Though doves are sent aloft to herald a couple’s upbeat future, the birds can be headed for an ugly fate. Unskilled in finding food, they might starve or end up as an aerial predator’s meal. Some die in traffic or in contact with electrical wires.
Please help raise awareness and protect doves by sharing this information with others. 

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