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Help Trapped Pigeons

Posted 14 December 2012

A group called Pigeon Protection has been formed in order to raise awareness of the many pigeons and other birds who are trapped and die painful, lingering deaths in or behind netting outside shops, under bridges and inside stations. Recently, the group has been successful in ensuring the release of birds trapped by the netting of several shops, a library and a bingo hall. Pigeon Protection is keen to hear from you and to get more people involved in its work.

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 states that it is an offence to cause unnecessary suffering to animals. If you see trapped birds, please raise the issue immediately with the shop, council or organisation responsible for the netting so that the birds can be released before it is too late – and take photos. It is the legal responsibility of the relevant party to release the trapped birds and to prevent more from getting trapped. Make sure that birds are not left behind new or repaired netting. If you are having problems getting the birds released quickly enough, please call the RSPCA Cruelty Line on 0300 1234 999. For on-going problems you can e-mail the RSPCA wildlife office at

There are other ways you can help too. Sign and share the petition to ban netting.

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