A new ordinance has been introduced in Chicago, making it a crime to feed pigeons, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.00 and six months in jail.
Are pigeons really a public health danger? Not according to New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which reports that while pigeon droppings may pose a small health risk, only three human diseases are associated with pigeon droppings and since 1996, there have been fewer than 50 confirmed cases in the entire United States annually. Of those, according to the CDC, about 70% of the infections were due to contact with sick pet birds.
Nonetheless, one Chicago alderman really doesn’t like pigeons.
Pigeons; they’re tolerated at best, hated at worst. Now, one Chicago alderman wants to make it a crime to feed pigeons. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports some people are calling the proposal by Ald. James Cappelman (46th) a bird-brained idea….
After a group of pigeons flew overhead, she found a splattering of bird droppings on her mug. It’s that threat to everyday living, that fear of walking under a viaduct, the scourge of flying birds that Cappelman wants to eradicate….