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Anti-pigeon crusader has wrong solution

There’s been alarming news coming out of the bird-lovers community in Brooklyn. One resident posted a long rant in the The Brooklynian about how he was using bird feeders to poison pigeons, which he deems too dirty and invasive.

While it’s true large groups of pigeons can be dirty and unsanitary, it’s wrong that he and his neighbors have resorted to poisoning the pigeons living around his building.

According to his post, they’ve set up a terrible method:

My neighbor Mike has also implemented a way to get rid of the pigeons from the trees by our building. He basically has constructed a few bird feeders that would hang from the trees that would dispense water laced with anti freeze. The results have been quite remarkable.

Poisoning birds through feeders is a bad idea because other birds might consume the poison and there are more humane ways to control pigeon populations.

Keeping things clean, placing a ban on feeding them, cutting them off from regular roosting locations, placing fake predatory birds around buildings and using bird repellent are all ways to get rid of pigeons without outright killing them.

The man’s deadly method has supposedly already claimed the life of one cat who frequented a park where the man said he was going to scatter poison, but he said he doesn’t care about “collateral damage.”

Hopefully, the group of self-proclaimed pest exterminators realize the folly of their approach and use a better method to lower pigeon populations in Brooklyn.

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.

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