For pigeons’ sake

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I’m writing in response to Brian O’Neill’s column “Mellon Square’s Revamp Stirs Up Bird Squawking” (May 4). First, I would think the city has more important things to worry about than banning pigeon feeding. I personally enjoy feeding pigeons, but I can see where having too many would be a problem. There have been pigeons in America’s cities since our ancestors brought them from Europe, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing if you keep the population in check.

If we really want to get the numbers down, there’s a company by the name of Innolytics ( that produces a product called OvoControl, which is “Ready-to-use birth control kibbles for pigeons” and has been used successfully in other cities.

However, just outright banning of feeding is cruel to the pigeons; despite the wayward french fry or hamburger bun that they may find, pigeons that rely on feedings will starve a long slow death. In a city as big and diverse as ours, we should be able to find at least a couple of places where pigeons can be fed without causing so much squawking.

Indiana Township

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