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06/04/06
Food of Hope for Trafalgar Square’s Pigeons
- Animal rights group find legal loop-hole that lets them feed the birds

Food of Hope for Trafalgar Square’s Pigeons TRAFALGAR SQUARE‘S remaining pigeons have been handed a life-line by an animal rights group, which plans to exploit the law to feed the birds every day.

"Members of our group are down feeding the pigeons on the square on a daily basis otherwise they would die," said Julia Fletcher, of the Pigeon Action Group.

PAG members have identified a loop-hole in the law, allowing them legally to feed the 700 pigeons which nowadays frequent Trafalgar Square. Once, some 5,000 pigeons turned up every day.

Most of the square is under the jurisdiction of the Greater London Authority and mayor Ken Livingstone, who brought in a ban on feeding three years ago. But part of the square is controlled by Westminster Council, which has no such ban.

That may change as the council is seeking the introduction of a new pigeon-banning by-law, but until then PAG and its feathered friends are at liberty to feed and be fed.



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