AUBURN, N.Y. - Despite the crow's reputation as a destructive pest, villain and harbinger of trouble, a hunting contest to thin the swarms of crows that winter here gives the city a black eye, according to critics who would rather celebrate the big, black bird.
IIt doesn't mention that the whole Corvid family (crows, ravens, and jays) are highly intelligent as far as birds go, and have even been known to use tools, or sit on the light sensors on street lamps in the winter.
Yes, the whole attitude is rather upsetting; the fact they have a celebration afterward. I'm assuming the crows wouldn't be used for food either....At least then the killing would have some meaning. :/