08 July, 2006

44. A very Italian compromise

Venice has an ambivalent relationship with its more than a hundred thousand pigeons.

On the one hand, because of all the pigeon poop on the historic buildings and the unpleasant smell in the residential back alleys where they roost and breed, the city has full-time pigeon-catchers on the payroll who systematically bait, net, and exterminate these 'flying rats', as a Mayor of Venice once described them. This program is carried out as discreetly as possible, in the side streets, in the quiet time just after dawn, to avoid harrassment from greenies and animal rights activists.

On the other hand, tourists everywhere never seem to tire of feeding pigeons in public places, so Venice licenses street vendors to sell corn in packets just to feed the same 'flying rats'. As a result, there is so much food available to pigeons that they can breed not just once a year like most other pigeons in the world, but all year, up to seven or eight times, two eggs at a time.

Wouldn't it be sensible to ban pigeon-feeding and stop selling corn to tourists? Then maybe the 'rat'-catchers could get the pigeon population down to a manageable level. Well, that would be the logical, practical, sensible thing to do, but that's not what the city of Venice decided to do.

Why not? One, this is Venice, and Venice is in Italy, so the fact that NOT banning pigeon-feeding is illogical, contradictory, irresponsible, hypocritical, corruptible, and completely absurd doesn't automatically mean that banning will happen. Two, corn vending is so insanely profitable at several euros a time for a couple of handfuls of corn kernels in a paper bag that the vendors can afford to pay more than a hundred thousand euros a year to the city for each vending license and still make a handsome profit. The city won't kill this cash cow because it pays for the whole pigeon control program and then some.

So, what's the city of Venice's solomonesque solution to the pigeon problem? They made it illegal to feed pigeons OUTSIDE the Piazza San Marco. Inside San Marco – pigeon heaven, no limit on how much corn you can give the vermin to eat. Ten metres away from Piazza San Marco – on the spot fines for you, and exterminators waiting to catch the little birds.

4 Comments:

Blogger ninest123 said...

air max, sac longchamp, ray ban sunglasses, longchamp pas cher, ugg boots, ray ban sunglasses, nike free, oakley sunglasses, nike free, chanel handbags, cheap oakley sunglasses, nike outlet, louboutin, longchamp, nike roshe run, air jordan pas cher, tiffany jewelry, longchamp outlet, longchamp outlet, michael kors, prada outlet, louis vuitton outlet, louboutin outlet, louis vuitton, uggs on sale, ugg boots, louis vuitton, polo ralph lauren outlet, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton, kate spade outlet, louboutin pas cher, polo ralph lauren outlet, tory burch outlet, tiffany and co, oakley sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, ralph lauren pas cher, christian louboutin outlet, nike air max, nike air max, louboutin shoes, replica watches, jordan shoes, oakley sunglasses, gucci outlet, prada handbags, burberry, replica watches, louis vuitton outlet

July 09, 2016 12:42 PM  
Blogger ninest123 said...

ray ban uk, vanessa bruno, sac guess, air force, tn pas cher, coach outlet, michael kors, burberry outlet online, nike blazer, lululemon, vans pas cher, mulberry, michael kors, burberry, nike free run uk, nike roshe, ray ban pas cher, michael kors outlet, hollister pas cher, hollister, north face, hermes, new balance pas cher, coach purses, true religion outlet, nike air max, replica handbags, ugg boots, michael kors outlet, hogan, nike air max, true religion jeans, abercrombie and fitch, kate spade handbags, lacoste pas cher, true religion jeans, michael kors outlet, converse pas cher, coach outlet, timberland, nike air max, michael kors, ugg boots, michael kors outlet, true religion jeans, north face, michael kors, ralph lauren uk, oakley pas cher, michael kors outlet

July 09, 2016 12:44 PM  
Blogger ninest123 said...

wedding dresses, giuseppe zanotti, instyler, mont blanc, converse outlet, longchamp, babyliss, north face outlet, north face outlet, insanity workout, gucci, vans, hollister, asics running shoes, chi flat iron, ralph lauren, baseball bats, bottega veneta, timberland boots, mac cosmetics, valentino shoes, abercrombie and fitch, mcm handbags, hollister, lululemon, nike air max, hollister, celine handbags, herve leger, ghd, louboutin, soccer jerseys, p90x workout, beats by dre, vans shoes, ray ban, nike air max, nike trainers, new balance, ferragamo shoes, nike huarache, reebok shoes, lancel, nfl jerseys, nike roshe, oakley, iphone cases, jimmy choo shoes, birkin bag, soccer shoes

July 09, 2016 12:48 PM  
Blogger ninest123 said...

bottes ugg, ugg pas cher, louis vuitton, pandora jewelry, moncler, moncler, doudoune canada goose, replica watches, louis vuitton, moncler, juicy couture outlet, moncler, juicy couture outlet, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, canada goose, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, pandora charms, canada goose, links of london, canada goose outlet, pandora charms, canada goose uk, canada goose, marc jacobs, moncler, wedding dresses, louis vuitton, canada goose outlet, karen millen, louis vuitton, moncler outlet, sac louis vuitton pas cher, coach outlet, moncler, swarovski, ugg boots uk, toms shoes, moncler, pandora jewelry, canada goose, montre pas cher, thomas sabo, supra shoes, hollister, swarovski crystal

July 09, 2016 12:54 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home