23 November 2008

It's criminal that this is criminal!

Caught grey-handed!

A Canadian friend of wildlife, visiting an upscale city park in Montreal, has been fined for feeding squirrels. Bruce Kert is now a marked man, according to this story in the Westmount Examiner. He is branded a criminal for having consorted in a culinary fashion with rodents.

The city, you see, has Zero Tolerance for such nefarious activity. He brazenly brandished peanuts - or so the charges claim - and willfully fed the aforementioned urban vermin. Cuteness factor notwithstanding, he is charged with doing a bad, bad thing.

Presumably the city could probably make good use of the $455 worth of fines levied against in the insouciant Kert. (It's not likely they'll spend it on food for wildlife or even to cover the municipal vet bill, should one exist at all).

Presumably Kert may become sufficiently traumatized by this to subsequently develop a peanut allergy. He fed only two peanuts, according to the city, but at roughly $227 per nut, that isn't exactly.....uh, peanuts.

"It's not like I make a habit of it," the story quotes Kert as saying in his defense.

It's not likely he'll ever do it again, either. Squirrels, you see, are considered a nuisance.

Public Security Officers who stop and issue tickets to people enjoying the municipal park, however, are not.

What's wrong with this picture?

It's nuts.


Henry the Dog said...

Well, what can one expect for such a 'heinous' crime as peanut feeding? Lock him up and throw away the key I say.....
Honestly. Words fail me.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

Let's see, we move into the areas where animals live and then have the nerve to complain that they are pests...seems to me like we are the pests.

squirrelmama said...

Isn't THAT the truth!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Waa! Smacks of being a police state and a silly one at that.

Kat Mortensen said...

Those darned Quebeckers! What will they come up with next? Dumb, dumb, dumb!

I haven't been around much - SQMama. My dad passed away a week ago (the funeral was a week today), but things are starting to look a bit brighter now.

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!


Anonymous said...

Westmount is a suburb of Montreal, says my husband, who was told within the confines of the city of Montreal that it's illegal to feed pigeons.

squirrelmama said...

I think squirrels and pigeons are being lumped together with other animals as "nuisances" or "pests," but if the city is going to crack down on feeding pests, they should also fine restaurants for agreeing to provide meals to annoying people, LOL!!!!