Thursday, April 25, 2013


A pair of pigeons watch the locks opening on the l'Ill River in Strasbourg, a city which has been regularly condemned by animal rights groups for its capture and elimination of pigeons by gassing with carbon dioxide. It's in Strasbourg that the Collectif pour une RĂ©gulation Douce des Pigeons (CREDO Pigeons) was originally formed in response to the mistreatment of pigeons, which when in massive numbers are regarded in many cities as public nuisances. CREDO proposes a "softer" means of pigeon population control: installation of contraceptive pigeon houses where the birds' eggs are removed from nests. Thirteen such pigeon houses have been installed in Paris, as well as in tens of other cities in France. A sad reminder: feeding pigeons is illegal in Paris and punishable by a 450€ fine.

un pigeonnier:  a pigeon house
un nid: a nest
doux, douce: soft

©2013 P.B. Lecron

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