Sembawang residents accuse Bangladeshi migrant worker of killing pigeons with poison

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A Canberra estate resident has alleged that Bangladeshi migrant worker deliberately killed pigeons in her area by feeding the birds poisoned food.

The resident, Jayashree, expressed her outrage online and shared an incriminating video in which a worker can be seen scooping birds that appear to be paralysed with a broom and dustpan before transporting the birds elsewhere:

Jayashree wrote:

“WTF? Who the hell is he to feed the crow with poison, see the poor crows choke, die and on the spot to sweep them up while they are suffocating and still alive. Already there is a board not to feed pigeons, then why attract them with food to kill them? What logic?
“Sadly we saw this late after killing them and doing this. He tried to do more but my parents screwed him up but he still will do at other areas. Haiz. Managed to save some crows which were alive but the rest couldnt.
“This is bloody cruelty. Stupid bangla. These guys should be done the same. When cats and other animals are killed with cruelty and are charged, wat about these poor birds?? All are still pets.
“These birds don’t even come here. These bastard invite them by putting the poisoned food, kill them and throw. What happiness this idiot gets from inviting and killing them?”

Jayashree added that she hopes Housing Development Board will look into the matter:

“We public have birds as well. Seeing these idiot pitting poison them, see them suffocate and die for them to be swept and threw into the dustbin is too pain. At least they die you sweep them fine. But THEY ARE ALIVE!!! So this is killing.”

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    Believe this is pigeon culling by Town Councils due to residents’ complaints of droppings soiling their laundry, walls and windows. The cleaner was just clearing the dead birds. Netizen should direct his or her query to his/her town council. Because of residents’ continued throwing food out of their windows to feed these birds, their population increases very fast and lead to complaints. So I believe the town councils have to carry out regular culling. To avoid seeing this, residents should stop feeding them and these birds will migrate to other places where there are food. These birds are, like rats and cockroaches, attracted to places where there are food.

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    I was allocated at AMK temporarily for 7 months while waiting for my BTO. Some afternoon while returning from work, I saw workers fed poison to the crows and pigeons too. When I asked them what they were doing, they said they were instructed to do so. They apologized and said they were just following instructions.

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    Inform
    http://www.acres.org.sg

    to educate the town council

    1. Culling by poisoning is potentially dangerous for pets, wild animals and even children who may consume the poisoned bait. Reports of dead bird sightings for other species, such as mynas and koels, who are suspected to have been poisoned, have been posted on online blogs and forums by concerned members of public and has been observed in other case studies as well1.
    2. Culling the pigeons addresses only the symptoms of the problem. To address at the root level, there is a need to question the continued presence of a large population of pigeons in spite of the culling. According to AnimalAid, U.K., “pigeons control their own numbers according to the food source available. Approximately 90% of pigeons die in their first year and the main cause of death is starvation. The mortality rate of adult pigeons is very low, typically around 11%. Therefore when culling is carried out on a pigeon population, the vacancies left by the dead birds are quickly filled by young birds.This means that killing adult pigeons in a flock discriminates in favour of young birds who would otherwise have perished. It has no long-term effect on the level of population, as it merely rejuvenates the flock.” This clearly indicates that in Singapore the large pigeon population is being maintained by large quantities of food being made available to pigeons by the public. Therefore, it is essential to educate the public to stop making food accessible to pigeons. A successful publicity campaign would result in a large reduction in the food available to pigeons and potentially impose a very effective limit to their population size.
    3. Alternative and humane methods of bird population control are available. Progressive vector control agencies like the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) have approved humane methods such as the contraceptive baits (Ovocontrol) for pigeon control since 20071.
    4. Even the life-death issue of bird strikes (collisions between aircraft and birds) are being managed humanely by the bird strike committees around the world, and poisoning of birds is not considered as a method of solving this serious problem. In 1999, the Bird Strike Committee in the U.S. recognised in its proceedings at University of Nebraska, that “poisoning creates a serious environmental problem, as the entire domain, as well as other animals, can be affected by the toxic substance used. It is against our principals to use this method, and actually, it is illegal in most countries”.
    5. There are several published studies discussing humane measures to manage pigeon population in urban areas For instance, the Town Council can consider providing Artificial Nesting Sites. Dovecotes or nesting boxes can be constructed and installed at a low, one-off cost. Once pigeons have been encouraged to roost in these sites, their eggs can be collected regularly and destroyed. This is a simple, fast and very effective way to reduce pigeon numbers. Another advantage of dovecotes or nesting boxes is that they provide a way to move pigeon flocks away from sites where they are considered a nuisance, to sites where they will pose no problems. Designated feeding areas can then be set up for public use.
    6. To sum up, the current expenditures on inhuman methods such as poisoning expended by the Town council may not bring down the population, but in turn increase over a period of time, increasing the expenditures as well. Based on the current success stories and cost estimates from the suppliers, a projected cost estimate for a period of two years, using oral contraceptives (not including the artificial nesting sites) for a starting population of 100 pigeons, with a projected 6% decline, leading to estimated 24 birds at the end of 2 years would be USD 3,289.00. However this has to go in hand with strict feeding bans and public education.

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    I think culling is bad. It makes us think killing is a solution. ISIS would agree. We should have less people and not destroy the eco balance. We find there is too many monkeys, wild boars and birds. Otters should be nuisance too. In our situation, unless animals are owned, they are nuisance. Soon excess people and not enough jobs – what to do with them? Feed them or —- them? Prince William now says you should be responsible not to have big families. Divorcee should be banned from having children if fhey had one already. Make one womb for two laws.