July photo collage–Family
Dad, kids and very excited dog feeding pigeons in Plaça Catalunya
More than 150 animal welfare organisations celebrated the success of their campaign against the hugely controversial pigeon culling operation in Barcelona, as the city council announced that it will be suspended indefinitely. Following the lead of over 15 cities across Europe, the city will instead place its population of 85,000 pigeons on special contraception.
As of April 2017, 40 birdfeeders of food containing Nicarbazin, a special contraceptive that inhibits the formation of eggs in pigeons, will be installed in various districts of Barcelona. A spokesman for the city council has predicted that the birds’ numbers could drop by 20 percent in the first year alone thanks to the use of this birth control, a method which animal rights activists are hailing as much more ethical.