January 15, 2021
A Fowl Story
For those of you who have been following the story of Joe the pigeon there’s good news this morning. After confirming that his blue leg band was a fake, Australian authorities have relented and Joe’s life will be spared.
For those of you who have NOT been following the story of Joe the pigeon, here’s the brief version.
Joe the pigeon showed up in an Australian residential backyard on Boxing Day and is believed to be an American racing pigeon that journeyed across the ocean on a ship. His arrival caused concern for Australia’s Agricultural Department who see him as a biosecurity risk to their native fauna and flora. Joe made headlines internationally when it was announced he was set to be destroyed but the department has since said it is exploring the possibility of “the re-export of the pigeon to the US.” In a new development, the American Racing Pigeon Union has suggested that Joe the pigeon is an Australian bird after all and that the blue tag on his leg is in fact counterfeit. Australia’s Agriculture Department said Joe’s case is “currently being investigated.”
That was last night’s news.
As of this morning, it has been confirmed that blue leg tag was a fake and, for now, his life will be spared.
Now, just for fun, listen to the seriousness with which this international controversy has been handled:
Deone Roberts, sport development manager for the Oklahoma-based American Racing Pigeon Union, (yes, that’s a real organization and yes, that’s a real job – Roberts) said on Friday the band was fake. (and)…the number belongs to a blue bar pigeon in the United States which is not the bird pictured in Australia: quote, “The bird band in Australia is counterfeit and not traceable,” Roberts said. “They do not need to kill him.”
Australia’s Agriculture Department, which is responsible for biosecurity, agreed that the pigeon dubbed Joe, after U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, was wearing a “fraudulent copy” leg band.
“Following an investigation, the department has concluded that Joe the Pigeon is highly likely to be Australian and does not present a biosecurity risk,” it said in a statement.
The department said it will take no further action.
But inquiring minds now want to know, right? We want to know WHO put the fraudulent leg band on Joe? Does Joe identify as an American? Does Joe identify as a U.S. blue bar? What’s going on here and who is taking up for Joe’s rights?
Yes, I’m having fun with it but I’m doing so to demonstrate the challenges we face when we equate animals with people, confuse our conversations about identity as tied to biology and just how involved the government is in EVERYTHING.
A few things to note from a Christian worldview:
- once we give an animal a name we begin to anthropomorphize them
- when it says in Genesis that Adam named all the animals it does mean he gave them names like Joe, it means he gave them categorical names, like bird and pigeon.
- animals are not humans and remaining mindful of that fact is imperative for Christians
- have you noticed how much more interested some people are in saving polar bears or sea turtles or any other species but they are loathe to “Save the Baby humans” when it comes to conversations about abortion?
- do you remember Harambe the gorilla?
Adam Holz – Plugged In
It’s Friday! That means Adam Holz is back with us from Plugged In Media. He discusses some external reviews of movies such as “The Marksman” and also gives us the lowdown on the “Cinematic Moment” that Dementia is having. This conversation with Adam harks back to a previous conversation on the show with Mike Glenn about his book, “Coffee with Mom.”
Karen Moore – Author of “It’s Still Possible”
Karen Moore wrote this book to give us “100 Reminders that God Can Do All Things.” Do you feel a need for devotional time with God, are you knocked down by what happened in 2020 or other parts of life. You aren’t out of the fight because God can do all things! Karen reminds us of that fact. She has many resources that can help you facilitate your relationship with the Good Father, so for more information on this book and also another helpful one of hers, “Got10MinutesforGod”, check out KarenMooreAuthor.com.