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PIGEONS COUP - Progress at Trafalgar Square
Posted 1 September 2003
Following constructive negotiations with the Greater London Authority, we are now confident that the welfare of pigeons in Trafalgar Square is in safe hands. Animal Aid and the Save the Trafalgar Square Pigeons group are pleased that the GLA upheld its side of an agreement - signed by all parties at the end of last year - and has appointed a team of mutually agreed scientists to oversee a humane programme of food reduction.
Involved in this project are the Institute of Zoology, the University of London and the BioVeterinary Group. Scientists are closely monitoring the pigeons whilst their food is being gradually reduced. If any ill effects are noted then the programme will be adjusted accordingly.
Since it became clear that the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, was determined to reduce the number of pigeons on Trafalgar Square, it became vital to ensure that the welfare of birds is protected.
A small group of feeders known as the Save the Trafalgar Square Pigeons group, Animal Aid, and PeTA entered into an agreement to work with the GLA to ensure that the most humane methods were adopted.
Unfortunately, as we went to press there was still one remaining problem. The GLA continues to employ a hawkman in the Square, whose bird has been seen attacking and killing pigeons - much to the distress of passing public and tourists. Although the GLA has been advised that the hawk is not an effective deterrent, this message does not yet appear to be getting through to Ken Livingstone.
Please write to Ken Livingstone, supporting the sensible food phase-out programme, but insisting that he put a stop to the hawkman.
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