Pigeons in Barcelona to be put on birth control pill

Officials in Barcelona are testing a contraceptive pill to prevent the 85,000-strong population of city pigeons from expanding

LAST UPDATED: 4 Dec, 2016 @ 07:50
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bird-pill-1PIGEONS are being put on the pill to reduce the number of young flyers in Spanish skies.

Officials in Barcelona are testing a contraceptive pill to prevent the 85,000-strong population of city pigeons from expanding.

The ‘bird control’ pill was thought up after an initial proposal to cull the birds by shooting them was gunned down by animal activist protests.

The contraceptive will be distributed via 40 pill-dispensing bird feeders installed throughout the city.

A 20% reduction in the number of pigeons is expected within the next year, with a 70-80% decrease by 2020.

The pill will be rolled out around other cities affected by ‘too many’ birds if it proves successful in Barcelona.

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  1. I suppose a certain section of pigeons can also be classed as wildlife birds (not to be confused with domestically bred pigeons and racing pigeons) and come under the protection of the European Commission. One racing pigeon I recall was sold in the region of £250.000 sterling to a Chinese business person.

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