Pigeon "Control" Can be Humane
An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
September 2014

Pigeon Control Advisory Service (PiCAS) Integrated Management:
The Humane and Permanent Solution

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Feral pigeon populations in urban areas around the world become a concern for residents and property owners when the birds, seeking shelter and a place to nest, take up residence in city buildings and are seen as an inconvenience by the community. As “pest” control companies play to this intolerance as a sure-fire way to rustle up business, the public is often told that pigeons are a pest and a health hazard and that they spread diseases and parasites to humans and domestic animals.

Cities and companies that perceive a “pigeon problem” traditionally resort to methods such as trapping, shooting, and poisoning as a way to reduce the population. These methods are ineffective and have even contributed to an overall increase in the number of pigeons in a given area.

In reality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and departments of health around the country agree that pigeons do not pose a threat to public health.

1. Traditional Control Methods Don’t Work
2. Poisoning Is Dangerous and Ineffective
3. Narcotic Baits and Hallucinogens Cause Suffering
4. Shooting Is Cruel and Unreliable

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