Our colleagues at Global Action in the Interest of Animals (GAIA) in Belgium have fought long and hard to protect Brussels’ beleaguered pigeons, who have enriched the city’s parks and public spaces and have charmed countless tourists and residents.
In an effort to reduce the pigeon population, city officials are capturing birds and sterilizing them surgically without proper anesthetics, something that numerous vets and avian specialists have condemned as extremely cruel. The birds being subjected to this painful procedure are already frightened and disoriented from being captured and separated from their mates and families.
GAIA’s appeals to provide the birds with relief have been ignored.
Please e-mail Brussels Mayor Freddy Thielemans and Alderman for City Planning and Mobility Christian Ceux to tell them that you expect them to treat pigeons with the care and respect they deserve.
Written by Jennifer O’Connor