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10/10/00
Pigeon Pals Kick Mayor Off the Square
- Battle of Trafalgar resumes as Livingstone faces protests

LONDON MAYOR Ken Livingstone has been forced to cancel a planned appearance at Trafalgar Square today as the Great Pigeon War escalates.

Anti-animal cruelty campaigners staged a protest this morning in the famous Westminster square, home to Nelson's Column. They had planned to daub the Mayor with pigeon droppings to demonstrate their opposition to his pigeon clear up. Livingstone was due to attend a ceremony marking his takeover of several London public places including Trafalgar and Parliament Squares.

He is leading the anti-bird campaign in the famous square. "I want to see a space that is accessible to all, with a programme of events celebrating the variety of arts and cultures abundant in the capital. These activities, along with plans for pedestrianisation, will encourage more people on to the square, creating a communal area that is safe and clean for people to enjoy," said Livingstone earlier this week.

The last surviving pigeon vendor, Bernard Rayner, was refused a renewal of his seed-selling license last week. His attempts to carry on the bird-buddy work were quickly thwarted by the authorities. "Three heavies came down and told me to leave," Rayner said.

Rayner has now decided to feed the pigeons himself as he fears carnage on the roads surrounding the Square. Pigeons, disorientated through hunger, could die in large numbers as they attempt to negotiate the traffic, Rayner believes.




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