Dumb Laws–The Simi Valley of the Birds
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.
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.
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.
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