Don't kill the pigeons! Sign if you want the pigeon problem in Wellington City solved humanely!

Petition details

Should we not be trying to move forward instead of backward? It has been proven in cities throughout the world time and time again that the poisoning, shooting & trapping methods for controlling pigeons do not work, and in the long term create larger flock numbers and social problems within the community e.g. dead birds in the city and over-population of other birds such as sparrows and seagulls.

Submitted by Kingsley Hannah
Opened 11 January 2008
Closed 11 February 2008
Status Presented

Background information

There are however plenty of cities that have managed to lower the number of pigeons successfully, and have done so by creating a fixed home for the birds in the central city. This is known as the ‘Augsburg-model”, in which specially monitored pigeon loft flocks are kept under surveillance, and birth rates are controlled by swapping their eggs for dummy eggs.


Signatures: 770

What happened to this petition?

This petition closed for signatures on 11 February 2008.

The petition was presented to the Strategy and Policy Committee on 21 February 2008.

The petition was forwarded to officers to consider in their work. Officers note that the alternative methods proposed may have some merit depending on the level of the pigeon problem experienced and note that a public education campaign against feeding pigeons has been undertaken.