|"You're free, free, free! And dead, dead, dead"|
That little ceremony needs to stop, and stop now.
Apart from being rather wet and mushy symbolism it is an act akin to releasing a pet rabbit in a wolf enclosure at the zoo.
Or, taking one's cat for a walk around Piccadilly Circus, sans lead.
Domestic pets are unable to fend for themselves in the wild; they are at the mercy of nature red in tooth and claw (and beak).
They should not be sacrificed for the sake of a good photocall opportunity.
Italians may have a different regard for such matters but, in Britain and, I suspect, North America, we have a sensible but humane outlook as far as animals are concerned.
Pigeons should remain in their lofts.
We already have a perfectly good white dove at our disposal.