City Hall bans pigeon-feeding (In 2010 (officials (from Dusit Zoo , from…
City Hall bans pigeon-feeding
to impose a three-month jail term
a 25,000-baht fine on people who violate the law
by feeding pigeons
in public places amid concerns
over their increasing number
serious health risks.
after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha
other local administrative organisations nationwide
to tighten regulations on feeding birds in public places due
to concerns about hygiene
but added that any measures to regulate feeding must not harm the birds.
The warning came Thursday
Capturing a large flock of pigeons
which crowded a pier in front
of Wat Rakhang
a popular riverside temple
by the Chao Phraya River
in Thon Buri.
according to City Hall.
continued to give food to the birds
asking them not to, which observers say puts boat passengers at risk of catching diseases like lung infections caused by fungi from droppings, and disorders such as meningitis, an acute brain infection, also carried by the birds.
are apparently breaking two laws
the 1992 Public Health Act
1992 Act on the Maintenance of the Cleanliness
Orderliness of the Country
deputy city clerk Wanthani Watthana.
Feeding animals, including pigeons, in public places is viewed as a violation
It is not the first time
city officials have been alerted to health risks
brought by the pigeons.
from Dusit Zoo
from City Hall
jointly trapped pigeons at Sanam Luang with nets.
Ms Wanthani said
After the operation at the temple the birds were disinfected and are now being quarantined in a "closed-system area" to prevent them breeding
But a solution to this issue that promises the most success is to stop feeding pigeons
The degree of punishment
imposed on violators can also help
"the city, in fact, doesn't want to enforce the laws"
We just want to use them to warn and educate people”
the governor said.
Following Gen Prayut's order, the city has told all 50 district chiefs to survey areas with a large number of pigeons, including the 37 public parks in Bangkok, and find ways to reduce their numbers
Chakkaphan Phewngam said.
deputy Bangkok governor
Officials are keeping the birds out of these areas by putting up signs to warn people against feeding them
a similar method
appears to be failing at Chiang Mai's Tha Phae Gate
a popular attraction in Muang district
where tourists ignore the signs
continue to give food to the birds.