2 Nov 2008

Group gains global support in bid to save Capital's pigeons

8:10 am on 2 November 2008

A newly-established pressure group has gained international support, as it tries to persuade civic leaders not to shoot Wellington's pigeons.

Wellington City Council is investigating ways of limiting the pigeon population, including hiring contractors to shoot the birds at night.

The Wellington Anti-Cull Coalition was formed out of recent protest action against the culling methods.

Campaign co-ordinator Ed Abdool says they have the backing of international groups, Save the Trafalgar Square Pigeons, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA.

He hopes this support will make the council see the shooting of the pigeons as inhumane and ineffective in terms of cost.

Mr Abdool believes there are other methods of population control that do not include a cull and he says the council has not investigated them.

But a council spokesperson, Richard MacLean, says no final decision has been made and they are continuing to look at effective ways of dealing with pigeons.