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10/09/07
Trafalgar Square Pigeons 'Threatened with Starvation'
- Latest legal move aims to remove birds from North Terrace

Trafalgar Square Pigeons THE REMAINING pigeons of Trafalgar Square could face mass death by starvation, according to a group campaigning to save some of London's most famous feathered friends.

The dire warning comes as a court ruled that pigeon feeding would henceforth be banned from the north terrace of Trafalgar Square and some of the surrounding area.

The north terrace is the last redoubt of about four-hundred members of pigeon-kind, since feeding was banned from the rest of the square by London mayor Ken Livingstone in 2003.

The latest legal set-back for the pigeons "threatens the birds with starvation," according to Save the Trafalgar Square Pigeons, a group which helped organise feeding from the North Terrace.

That's not a view that cuts much ice with Westminster Council, which brought the case against feeding on the North Terrace.

"The pigeons, attracted by the food, leave a significant amount of droppings," said Alan Bradley, of the council. "This is deeply unpleasant for the large number of visitors to the square as well as to the people who work nearby."

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