Thursday, December 27, 2007

Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden Responds to Pigeon Nettings

The New York Bird Club has received the following correspondence from Council Member Tony Avella (District 19) after he contacted the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene concerning the matter of illegal pigeon nettings occuring in the New York City area.

December 14, 2007

Honorable Tony Avella
Council Member, District 19
38-50 Bell Boulevard
Bayside, NY 11361

Re: Capturing of Pigeons

Dear Council Member Avella:

This correspondence is in response to your constituent, Anna Dove of the New York Bird Club, who is concerned about the capturing of pigeons, by people armed with nets on our streets. We apologize for our delay in response.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Police Department, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the American Society for the Protection and Care of Animals are coordinating our resources in an attempt to address this illegal activity.

At this time, any citizen observing the illegal netting of pigeons can report details of this act by dialing 311.

Thank you for taking the time to bring this matter to our attention.



Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Office of the Commissioner

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