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08/01/03
Mayor Agrees to Feed Pigeons
- Compromise ends battle of Trafalgar Square

KEN LIVINGSTONE has hatched a deal with animal rights campaigners on the fraught issue of Trafalgar Square's pigeon population.

"We have found a solution that will gradually reduce the numbers of pigeons without causing them any harm," the London Mayor said of the new agreement which involves a scientifically planned feeding programme for the pigeons in return for protestors promising to stop scattering seed all over the square.

The idea is that feeding times will gradually be brought forward to the early hours of the morning and the amount of feed gradually reduced. This programme appears to satisfy the concerns of campaigners who have been angered by the Mayor's belligerent stance towards Trafalgar Square's famous residents.

Despite deploying anti-pigeon squads armed with hawks, megaphones and souped-up vacuum cleaners, Livingstone failed to stop pigeons receiving feed from the campaigners. The Mayor wants rid of the pigeons because he believes they would be a health risk when Trafalgar Square is turned into a cafe-laden piazza.




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