Cruel, incoherent “activism”

I read the story a few times — it’s short — and I still don’t know what these “activists” were trying to accomplish. At the time of the Nevada Democratic debate, a group calling themselves P.U.T.I.N. (“Pigeons United To Interfere Now”) glued little red MAGA hats on the heads of pigeons and released them in Las Vegas. Why? I don’t know. Was it to protest Russian interference, to mock the Republicans, or to ridicule Democrats? I have no idea. It just seems to be a petty exercise in animal cruelty with no point.

It’s not even funny or clever, only ineffective and confusing. It’s a good demonstration that, while it’s good to be motivated to do something, some thought needs to be put into your plans and you must have specific goals that are served by your actions. Whoever pulled this stunt was heedless of the animals they were coercing.


  1. says

    This whole “Protest” is really just noise. It’s nihilistic bullshit, like The KLF burning a million pounds. Look it up if you’re into that sort of thing.

  2. Akira MacKenzie says

    This “protest” makes about as much sense as Laura Ingraham trying to suck a steak covered with incandecent lightbulbs through a plastic straw in order to offend liberals. We’re were “triggered” so much as very, very confused.

  3. unclefrogy says

    depends on what kind of glue they used how bad it is really. Might not be much different then putting tracking transmitters with cameras on them. Earlier I saw that someone was putting little cowboy hats on pigeons out in Vagus , same ones ?
    uncle frogy

  4. a_ray_in_dilbert_space says

    So, hey, what would we expect other than cruelty from the baby jailers.

    Near as I can tell the message here is that only birdbrains support Darth Cheeto…or that even for a birdbrain, you have to glue the MAGA hat on?

  5. brightmoon says

    IIRC animals that look even slightly different are targeted more by predators . If that is true then this is extremely cruel and stupid.

  6. unclefrogy says

    last time I checked pigeons (rock dove) are an invasive animal and a vector for various diseases
    and create a problem for building and infrastructure maintenance, a little predation might be better then poison in population control
    uncle frogy

  7. chrislawson says


    Whether pigeons should be culled for environmental reasons is a complex issue. Gluing MAGA caps on them is pointless cruelty.

  8. Jack says

    This is about on par with some of the extinction rebellion protests. “Make a difference by doing something completely weird and pointless”.

    (I’ve got no doubt they might have somewhat more of a clue in some places, but the local ones here…. zero message discipline. One poster the local group put up appeared to be blaming young people for causing climate change with selfie sticks, and others are just pictures of animals with vaguely threatening slogans. Hopeless.)