I volunteered some time ago to participate in surveys run by our local Council. Leaving aside the issue as to whether the Council ought to be conducting surveys using self-chosen respondents, a recent survey raised a number of possible revisions to “local laws”. One question was to the effect whether there ought to be a local law making it an offence to feed animals in public places. It was explained that this was aimed at people who fed pigeons and feral cats.
I wondered how I ought to respond. Ought the Council get into the business of micro-managing people’s lives to this extent? But at the end of the day, I decided that the “good” outweighed the “bad”, and that feral cats and the flock of pigeons at the local station – encouraged by a person who regularly feeds them – ought to be discouraged.
Tactfully (?) the explanation didn’t comment on whether any such law would also discourage the feeding of possums in the park, an issue that over the years has been controversial in Carlton North.