Venice to fine tourists who feed pigeons

@shakeroo (3990)
Malaysia
April 30, 2008 11:58am CST
If you go to Venice, make sure that you do not feed the pigeons. Why? Authorities say pigeons are eating away at the city's marble statues and buildings by pecking at small gaps in the facades to reach for scraps of food that were blown inside. Cleaning up monuments and repairing the damage caused by pigeons cost each Venetian taxpayer 275 euros a year, one study estimated. "The monuments aren't being damaged by the bird droppings. They want to send them away, just like they want to kick us out, and we've been here for decades," one vendor told Italy's ANSA news agency. Who is telling the truth? The Authorities or the vendors? What have the pigeon got to say about this? Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080430/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_venice_pigeons;_ylt=AqcVmd59w2kioIW69AWPBxjtiBIF
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
1 Sep 11
Pigeons on the Park - Lots and lots of them.
So it has been really costly for Venice to repair the damage caused by pigeons as they claim. I think this is true. Pigeons could turn into nuisance indeed. Specially if they are too many. They really could cause a lot of mess wherever they stay. So maybe the authorities want to send them away indeed. If they can't find any food in that place then they'd go to a new place where they could find grains and anything that could feed them. Well I don't know how to react in this case. Maybe I just would have to follow the rule when I go to Venice. That is if the pigeons are still there.