Double Trouble.

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Plastic is a danger to wildlife in our parks.

Raymore Park attracts many people, drawn by its natural setting. It also has its fair share of visitors whose presence is a net detriment. The one responsible for this empty bag qualifies as doubly ignorant. First they bring their Dempsters 100% whole wheat bread scraps filled with some unwholesome ingredients*, attracting gulls and Canada geese while  training birds in general to approach humans. That’s not good enough apparently so they complete their (literal) douchebaggery by leaving the empty bag on the ground. The whole point of their visit seems to be the self-gratification obtained by watching wildlife jostle and beg for scraps.

*Ingredients of Dempsters 100% Whole Wheat Bread:

Whole grain whole wheat flour including the germ, water, glucose-fructose / sugar, yeast, vegetable oil (canola or soybean), wheat gluten, salt, vinegar, acetylated tartaric acid esters of mono and diglycerides, calcium propionate, sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate, sorbic acid, monoglycerides.

There is no shortage of material on the harmful effects of feeding bread to birds. Unfortunately the damage done isn’t evident at the time or else people might think twice.

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3 thoughts on “Double Trouble.

  1. Jill

    i can forgive them for bringing bread, because many of us were raised to believe we were doing the birds a favour by feeding them. In fact, I remember buying little bags of breadcrumbs from venders at High Park to feed the birds. Fortunately, people are getting the word out about the dangers of the practice and hopefuly it will becone common knowledge before long.

    As for discarding the plastic bag on the ground, there’s simply no excuse for that and is a strong example of ignorance, laziness and ” douchebaggery”. Shame on them.

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    1. Roy Murray Post author

      Yes, we’ve all fed birds bread thinking we were helping. Once people find out the harm this can cause, the vast majority do stop. I guess I was having a bit of a self-righteous rant.

      But I did feel better afterwards!

      I’m also with you on the litter – it clogs our parks and is completely inexcusable. May I suggest old-fashioned stocks, placed in a prominent position where offenders would be constrained for an hour or two while being photographed (preferably incorporated in a selfie) and pelted with bird seed.

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