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Parliament should appreciate its pigeons

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When pigeons are treated as a problem it suggests a hostile attitude to science ('Scottish Parliament handed messy problem as pigeons swoop on building, ' AJ 19.5.05).

Charles Darwin was such an important scientist he appears on the English £10 note. In the first chapter of The Origin of Species, entitled 'Variation Under Domestication', Darwin wrote: 'Believing that it is always best to study some special group, I have, after deliberation, taken up domestic pigeons.' In view of Darwin's evolutionary theory, pigeons deserve a bit more gratitude and respect.

Alex Chablo, Manchester

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