Pigeons (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
September 19, 2001
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


As you may recall, I share your distaste for pigeons, and I would be happy if their numbers were falling. But the reason of the question is the fact that you stood on a very clear platform that your management of Trafalgar Square would include the removal of pigeon seed sellers, that the birds were a nuisance, with which I agree, and that their numbers would fall. But the evidence appears to be that, unless, in good old Moscow fashion, you had them rounded up and shot this morning, there are more pigeons in Trafalgar Square today than there were before you got rid of the seed seller. That suggests that there is a problem with delivery here, Ken.

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Answer for Pigeons (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Pigeons (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There is a problem of delivery. A small group of animal extremists and nutters are turning up and dumping large amounts of pigeon feed in the square. As our study showed, the number of pigeons in the square will increase to the level of feed available, and will fall if that feed is cut. It is sad that a small group of people are ignoring the overwhelming majority view of Londoners and putting at risk the health of children who go to Trafalgar Square, by continuing to attract these pigeons. It is completely misplaced, sentimental drivel.