Great Threat To Our Hobbyigeons
"... If new laws in a city as renowned as Chicago can pass a ban on all pigeon-keeping, a precedent is set which will undoubtedly get the attention of other cities and towns and their attorneys... Each one that falls will make it easier for the next..." Butch Guericke
"... I see this as the greatest single threat to the
hobby..." Bob Berggren
I support these recommendations 100%. Looking at our track record, acting primarily as individual hobbyists in activities such as these over the past several decades, we have been somewhat effective, on a limited basis, in isolated localities. Good loft management practices and yard/loft hygiene are important things for all of us to keep in mind.
But in the broader scheme of things, they have been relatively ineffective and achieved very limited benefits for our hobby as a whole, in promoting positive awareness or in educating the public about what we do. Newer technologies trough the Internet will certainly make us more effective than we have ever been before, and we need to promote these activites with all vigor, but I fear we are shoveling sand against the tide if we limit our scope of action to this arena alone.
We need a broader vision of possibility. We have fellow hobbyists who are actively engaged in litigation with individuals and with municipalities. They have limited resources and they require our assisstance. We have other pigeon-keeping organizations with which we need to liason regarding these issues. There is a great deal more that needs to be done if we are truly in earnest about protecting our rights to participate in the hobby we have chosen and love.
The most effective way to bring about the necessary activites that can direct the future course of events, with regard to our hobby, is to create a permanent Public Relations Committee; a task force, if you will, as has already been publically discussed and recommended by many NBRC members. I say permanent, because I believe that we are in this for the long haul.
This committee would serve as a focal point for the tremendous resources available through the individual members of the NBRC in all facets of business, technological, and creative thought. For example, in the monitoring, gathering, and recording of information regarding avian influenza, legal actions in progress to close down hobbyists; precedents, legal definitions, rights, etc.
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