The only difference, of course, is intent.
My entry just prior to this, Denver’s Parks – A Killing Field, spoke to evidence that sewage water effluent containing toxic and radioactive waste is being re-routed to Denver’s Park’s lakes, where it is killing hundreds of ducks and–if it is killing ducks–surely other species of fowl that migrate to or live year-round in Denver are being affected.
Now comes the story out of St. Paul, Minnesota that a twenty-six year old Denverite, Scott Clark, ripped [off] the head of a live, tame duck that resided in a hotel lobby’s ornamental pond. (This information from the Associated Press.) “According to a police report, Scott D. Clark, a guest at the Embassy Suites Hotel in St. Paul, cornered the duck early Saturday morning, grabbed the bird and ‘ripped its head from it body’ while a hotel security guard and others watched.” Turning to onlookers, Clark said, “I’m hungry. I’m gonna eat it.”
Yeah, that’s Clark. The AP story said Clark is a “businessman,” in St. Paul, presumably, for business purposes. Wonder what genius hired this guy to work for them? Wonder if that genius might give a second thought to keeping the guy on, given that, when shitfaced, he rips heads off ducks?
And, they weren’t your ordinary ducks. Maybe ordinary to some folks, but not seen that often here. From a picture in one of the dailies, the ducks are clearly Wood Ducks (or Mandarins, which look quite similar). I took this shot of Wood Ducks at Berkeley Lake this past May:
Now, we know what’s in store for Mister Clark. He has been jailed, charged with felony animal cruelty and faces two years in jail and a $5,000.00 fine.
But, what about here? What about Denver’s Metro Wastewater’s alleged complicity in the fouling of Denver’s Park’s lakes? And, who else is complicit? Surely Denver Parks and Recreation knew of the decision to reroute contaminated water to those lakes. And–benefit of the doubt here–surely both those agencies did not intend for hundreds of ducks to be killed from their apparently unstudied, albeit deliberate decision to flood those lakes with sewage water effluent. But, shouldn’t someone be held accountable?
This timely obscenity sickens and enrages. But, only silence from the City; from those elected to serve the best interests of the City and County of Denver which, by the way, is you and me and streets and buildings and sidewalks and parks and, yes, those precious lives which inhabit those parks.
The silence, too, sickens and enrages.