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Yangon to ban feeding pigeons, sale of bird food on city streets

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) will ban the feeding of pigeons starting next week as it launches a campaign to rid city streets of the disease-carrying birds, U Min Aung of the Veterinary and Slaughterhouse Department, said on Monday.

He said the YCDC will also ban the sale of feed for the tens of thousands of pigeons found throughout the downtown area.

‘’Although the YCDC only has the authority to deal with stray dogs, rats and crows, we got special permission from the executive committee,” U Ming Aung told a media briefing. “We will start with raising public awareness about the dangers of feeding pigeons.”

The city can take steps to prevent people from feeding pigeons on temple grounds, which has become a tradition in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar.

The YCDC campaign will have three phases: educating people about the law, monitoring and issuing warnings in areas where people feed pigeons, and taking legal action against violators.

U Khin Aung, a tour guide, said he supports the move to get rid of the city’s pigeons.

“It is good for Yangon. Pigeons can be seen at many tourist sites, which they make very dirty with their droppings, especially the floor of pagodas,” he said.

According to Municipal Law, people who feed animals carelessly or sell feed in public places risk being fined between K30,000 (US$20) and K300,000, or imprisoned for three months.

Source: Myanmar Times

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