Dumb Laws–The Simi Valley of the Birds

 

Urban Crow not wanted in Suburb

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thumb arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>This may not be a dumb law, just a why do they have a law like this sort of law.  

Under Article 8 section 6-1.801 of the municipal code: Feeding of certain birds is prohibited.:

No person shall intentionally feed crows or ravens anywhere within the City limits of the City of Simi Valley. No owner or person in control of property shall cause or allow the intentionally feeding of crows or ravens on their property or the right-of-way abutting that property.

Not only do they not want you to feed crows and ravens, they want to make sure to eliminate all their cousins.

This prohibition shall apply to all birds in the genus Corvus, and “crows” shall mean any species of crow and “raven” shall mean any species of raven.  

And if you aren’t clear on what feeding them means:

Feed shall mean to provide, place, expose, deposit, distribute or scatter any edible material with the intention of feeding, attracting, or enticing crows or ravens.

Apparently they really hate crows and all their relatives in Simi Valley.  It just leaves one to ponder why a city would go to so much trouble outlawing a bird.  Did they film that Hitchcock movie there? Maybe things got out of hand and the feathered extras tried to take over the whole valley.  

Crows are annoying, ravens sneaky, but do they warrant such disdain.  The city of Simi Valley wants to kick out a whole sub-species, why?  Is it because a group of crows is called a “murder”?  After all, who wants a bunch of murderers in their town. Or are they concerned with a plague of wrinkles—so many crows with feet entering the city. 

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Our county was once given completely to farmland, a bucolic countryside where crows must have abounded.  Everyone knows they have a tenancy to steal shiny things, nibble crops. Maybe the city fathers were attempting to rid their community of these foul fowl for the sake of the children–after all we apparently will do anything for the children.  

Crows have no morals

Crows have no morals

In any event, if you are desirous of feeding birds in Simi Valley, please, take along someone from the Audubon Society.  Lord only knows what they’ll do if they catch you aiding and abetting a crow with a handful of bird seed.

If you happen upon a dumb law, please, send it our way.  We will never tell where it came from, cross our hearts. editor@citizensjournal.us

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3 Responses to Dumb Laws–The Simi Valley of the Birds

  1. Erica Simi Valley October 15, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Laws can get so stupid sometimes that we cant help but laugh. How can we do that to birds who belong to the ecosystem. What difference would a bunch of birds make anyway? Thanks for sharing though.

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  2. Erica Simi Valley September 25, 2015 at 5:20 am

    What kind of dumb law is that? I mean its just inhumane to prohibit someone from feeding birds. They share this world with us and we should take care of them. I don’t know why such dumb laws are imposed.

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  3. Debra Tash August 14, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Reader comment from Deborah Singer ….

    The intentional feeding of crows draws them and other animals to an area in numbers that are annoying, costly and dangerous. Most people who feed birds also feed other animals. The many people who have been adversely affected by those among us who feed deserve to be protected by the law. Protected from people who selfishly participate in a behavior which may make them feel better about themselves while risking their neighbors peace, disrupting their use and enjoyment of their property and exposing them to illnesses and injury. If you think West Nile Virus or bird flu is a joke, look it up. The testing done for it is highly inadequate to non existent as animal control will only pick up a dead crow or raven that can be confirmed dead for less than three hours. Common sense and common courtesy being absent in these instances created the need for a law. If anything this law does not go far enough nor is it enforced with enough vigor.
    As someone who has suffered the noise, property damage and increased exposure to bird and animal born illnesses, I am not amused and do very much appreciate this law. Our neighbor feeds crows peanuts and leaves cat food out in their yard for raccoons, squirrels, skunks, rats, etc. The crows appear in such numbers as to resemble a scene from the Birds and crow poop is everywhere. They and the squirrels then dig up plants to hide the peanuts in. The peanuts they put on the fence feel into our other neighbors yard and sickened her dog. The other neighbors put out more and more rat poison which endangers every other persons pets. The raccoons who are encouraged and fed by these same people are no longer afraid of people, and have taken to defecating in a corner of our yard, leaving the serious threat of illness with the fecal matter. (look it up)
    This “harmless” habit of our neighbor has cost us hundreds of dollars in plantings, new sod and clean up and deterrent costs. It also costs the animals themselves as irritated neighbors take ever more extreme measures to combat the invasion of their yards. Your article would have been insulting if not so frivolous. Please find something else to apply your questionable humor to. How funny do you think we find this issue on an early Sunday morning after being awakened by the squawking crows circling about for their peanuts and knowing that at nightfall our yard becomes the raccoon playground and bathroom?

    Sincerely, Deborah Singer

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