Thousands sign petition to save pigeons in Paris from birds of prey

Thousands of people have signed a petition in an attempt to protect pigeons in Paris, after Mayor Remy Feraud announced a plan to remove the birds.  Feraud, the mayor of the 10th arrondissement, announced that he wants to introduce three falcons and two hawks to scare away the pigeons in the Rue du Buisson Saint-Louis area.  However, despite piegons usually being hated by many, so far 17,000 people have signed a petition against the move.  It was organised by charity Ligue pour la protection des oiseaux and

The mayor wants to disperse pigeons in Paris (Stock image)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Thousands of people have signed a petition in an attempt to protect pigeons in Paris, after Mayor Remy Feraud announced a plan to remove the birds.

Feraud, the mayor of the 10th arrondissement, announced that he wants to introduce three falcons and two hawks to scare away the pigeons in the Rue du Buisson Saint-Louis area.

However 17,000 people so far have signed a petition against the move - which may come as a surprise to anyone who has ever had the misfortune of being hit by flying pigeon poo.

It was organised by charity Ligue Pour La Protection Des Oiseaux and backed by the Pigeon Embassy, according to The Local.

At the moment the falcons and hawks are supposed to be put to work for 10 days this month, in a bid to lower the number of pigeons congregating on the roofs and window ledges of social housing.

The council claims the birds cause up to €150,000 (£132,500) of damage to the housing, but this plan should cost €12,800 (£11,300).

The birds set to be used have previously worked at the Roland Garros tennis tournament in Paris, according to provider Merlyn.

The company claims the birds it owns have "several years of experience."

However Brigitte Marquet, president of the Pigeon Embassy, said: “It won’t solve the problem of regulating the number of pigeons in the city, but it will also be very expensive for taxpayers, and extremely cruel for the targeted birds."