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25/01/01
Ken Faces 'Cruelty' Rap
- Protesters home in on Mayor over pigeon policy

THOUSANDS of pigeons could yet keep their ancestral homeland of Trafalgar Square thanks to legal moves being planned by animal lovers.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone and local councillors are on a mission to banish the popular birds from the square, claiming pigeons are a health risk. Last Friday, after months of preliminary moves, Livingstone finally outlawed the sale of birdseed on the square.

But today campaigners including London MP Tony Banks are gathering on Trafalgar Square to protest at the Mayor's decision and to feed the hapless pigeons, an act which is now deemed to be against the law. However, representatives of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are considering legal moves of their own, citing Livingstone for "wilful cruelty to animals."




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