Tuesday, November 20, 2007

ASPCA Issues Statement on New York City's Pigeon Population

Tuesday, November 13, 2007
By: Amy Geduldig

Councilman Simcha Felder Proposes Bill to Prohibit Feeding Pigeons

NEW YORK--The ASPCA has recently learned of Councilman Simcha Felder's bill proposal to fine those found feeding pigeons in New York City. As an advocate for all animals, with a special interest in the animals located in our own city, we support this provision for a variety of reasons:

The pigeon population is well-known among New Yorkers and not usually very well received. Therefore, while we appreciate these creatures as part of our regional landscape, we also acknowledge that it is important to maintain their population so that they do not impede the health and sanctity of our city.

By nature, pigeons are extremely resourceful cliff-dwelling birds, who are particularly adept at securing nesting places among the many hi-rises and bridges throughout the five boroughs. This hardy constitution enables the birds to breed prolifically. As such, New York has become the home to an astronomical number of these creatures.

In order to curb the extensive pigeon population, the City has adopted a number of solutions to maintain a healthy environment. Key among these provisions is the issuing of summonses to those found feeding the pigeons in violation of Health Code regulations. Providing food for pigeons not only causes an influx of birds to the area, but can also attract unwanted rodents and insects as well, thereby contaminating an area in a very short amount of time.

Councilman Felder's proposal is one that will ensure the pigeons will not be encouraged to reproduce by otherwise well-meaning citizens. We hope to work directly with the Councilman in order to ensure that the animals and people of New York City are treated with the respect and dignity they so deserve.

ASPCA Issue Statement on NYC's Pigeon Population

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