While wildlife advocates fought to protect Prospect Park’s animal population from a homicidal government, a small group of ultimate locavores has been undermining them all summer. A dozen possibly homeless men and women have spent the last two months camped out on the south shore of Prospect Park’s lake, using crude hardware to trap ducks, swans and squirrels for consumption, the Post reports. They have littered the area with beer cans and discarded nets. “They used crude tactics to hunt their prey, including barbed fishing hooks that ripped off the top half of one poor gosling’s beak,” the paper writes (after taking a cheap shot at Alabamans). “They then cooked the meat over illegal fires. Some of the animals were eaten raw.”
Police have issued summonses to them totaling more than $2,000, a likely ineffective response since the offenders appear to be people without means.
“It’s disgusting,” one advocate told the tabloid. “The city doesn’t care, because it’s the poor side of the park. This wouldn’t happen on the Park Slope side or by Grand Army Plaza.”
Is that because people on the east side of the park have a more permissive attitude? “Seen these folks in PP many times,” one commenter writes. “I guess some of the nosy buggy pushers with their adorable toddlers (heavy sarcasm) snitched these folks out. Park Slope folks look for any opportunity to make themselves feel superior to well, just about anyone; and what an easy opportunity this must have afforded.”
Unexpectedly, the comments on the Post website are overwhelmingly in support of the homeless, apparently because if the issue is “Neanderthals vs. Animal Rights crazies,” as one commenter puts it, the paper’s readership comes down hard on the side of neanderthals. “How dare they attempt to survive!” writes one sarcastically. Sure, why don’t we encourage the homeless to break into zoos and eat the lions?