Tell Chelsea Piers to Use Humane Pigeon Management Methods

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Originally Posted: 29 June 2009

Tell Chelsea Piers to Use Humane Pigeon Management Methods

From New York Bird Club

Tell Chelsea Piers (New York) to use humane methods to solve the issues they have with pigeons rather than trapping them.


Please contact the following and ask them to use sloping surfaces or plastic/wire devices instead, instead of traps from which there is no escape.

Chelsea Piers
Roland W. Betts, Chairman
Tom A. Bernstein, President
David A. Tewksbury, Executive Vice President
Pier 62
23rd St. & Hudson River
New York, NY, 10011
phone (212) 336-6800
fax (212) 336-6808

Dana B. Thayer - Senior Vice President, Director of Marketing & Sponsorship

Mike Braito - Senior Vice President, Chelsea Piers General Manager

Keith C. Champagne - Senior Vice President

Stuart Sheinbaum - Vice President, Director of Communications

Erica Schietinger - Vice President, Corporate Communications

Fire Department:
Ask them to remove the cages that obstruct fire escapes. Use this online form to send a message to Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scopetta.


Chelsea Piers, a health club and recreation center at the edge of the Hudson River in New York, has been trapping pigeons for at least a year and a half in cages with one-way trap doors. The traps are boxes about three feet long and are on fire escape stairways. This is illegal, according to the NYC fire code. It is not determined what the Piers do with the trapped pigeons. The traps, provided by a New Jersey-based pest-control service, ensnare the birds in a wood-and-wire cage to prevent them from massing freely on fire escapes. The company then collects the birds and claims to release them back into the wild, although the Health Department-issued permit does allow the birds to be euthanized humanely. It is heard that the pigeons are gassed or have their necks broken in the extermination process.

Erica Shietinger, V.P. of Corporate Communications at Chelsea Piers, said they had previously tried humane methods which had failed. An alternative simple and inexpensive device made of plastic or wire, as well as sloping surfaces, are an effective way to keep pigeons off buildings and they don't kill. Droppings still remaining can be hosed off. Killing or removing pigeons does not work since others simply take their places. It's the same with all wildlife. Shietinger claimed disease as her reason for trapping pigeons, however, according to the NYC Health Dept. pigeons do not get or transmit bird flu or West Nile virus, and they do not transmit disease to humans any more than other kinds of birds. If these were any other kind of birds, Chelsea Piers would think twice about trying to rid itself of them. Removing pigeons from buildings is up to the owner and is legal, but there is a kinder way than trapping them.

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