Dutch Town Gassing Pigeons

Last week a judge ruled that the Dutch town of Groningen can continue catching and gassing pigeons in the city center. The animal protection agency Dierenbescherming had tried to stop the killings by bringing a lawsuit against the municipality.

According to the judge the large population of pigeons is a serious nuisance in Groningen and the town is justified to catch the birds and kill them with poisonous gas.

Dierenbescherming had presented more humane methods of removing the birds from the city center, including luring the pigeons away with special food. According to the judge the alternative methods would not rid the town of the pigeons fast enough.

Source: Rechter: Groningen mag duiven vergassen

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One Response to Dutch Town Gassing Pigeons

  1. HANS OSINGA says:

    WE ARE THE TOWN-PIGEON COMMITTEE OF GRONINGEN (HOLLAND). AT THE MOMENT OUR PIGEONS ARE THREATENED BY BEING CAUGHT AND KIILED. THE MUNICIPALITY’S AIM IS 2000 PIGEONS AND TO MY ESTIMATION THEY ARE ABOUT HALFWAY NOW.

    SINCE 2000 WE HAVE FED THE TOWN-PIGEONS EVERY DAY, SINCE THEY ARE COMPLETELY DEPENDANT ON SUITABLE FOOD FOR THEIR SURVIVAL AND HEALTH. WE FEAR HAVING TO STOP FEEDING THEM NEXT WEEK FOR LACK OF MONEY. HUNGRY PIGEONS ARE AN EASY PREY TO CATCH.

    IF PEOPLE WANT TO HELP THESE PIGEONS FROM BEING CAUGHT, PLEASE WATCH OUR WEBSITE AND SUPPORT OUR WORK.

    WE HAVE TRIED TO CONVINCE THE AUTHORITIES FOR OVER 4 YEARS THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE SOLUTION TO PIGEONS PROBLEMS: THIS IS TO HOUSE THEM IN PIGEON-HOUSES LIKE HOMING-PIGEONS. HEREBY THEIR DROPPINGS AND THEIR ROOCOOS ARE NO LONGER A NUISANCE TO HOUSE-OWNERS AND THEIR EGGS CAN BE LARGELY REPLACED BY FOILS.

    THE MUNICIPALITY HAS CLAIMED THE METHOD DOES NOT WORK AND REFUSES TO APPLY IT. IT HAS BECOME CLEAR OVER THE YEARS THAT THE TOWN-ECOLOGIST HAS A TREMENDOUS POWER. THOUGH HE HAS MISLED THE POLITICIANS BY TELLING THEM PIGEON-HOUSES IN GERMANY (THE METHOD’S CRADLE) LARGELY REMAINED EMPTY, NO CITY-COUNCIL MEMBER DARED TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS.

    EVEN NOW THERE ARE CHANCES FOR THE PIGEONS TO HAVE THEIR FIRST PIGEON-HOUSE BEFORE LONG. PLEASE WATCH OUR WEBSITE http://WWW.STADSDUIVEN.NL. WE WILL SOON TAKE CARE OF AN ENGLISH VERSION.

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