Pigeon population in Brussels reduced by 30% following contraceptive experiment
Wednesday, 31 March 2021
The pigeon population in the Brussels district of Laeken dropped by 30% in one year as a result of a pilot experiment conducted by the City of Brussels to tackle the problem.
At the end of 2019, when the region first decided to tackle the problem, local authorities decided to spread contraceptive seeds on Place Clémentine in Laeken, and as a result, the population dropped by 30% from 180 pigeons in February 2019 to 130 pigeons one year later.
“The results of this first test in the Brussels Region are very encouraging. They show that it is possible to limit the pigeon population, taking into account animal welfare. They also don’t harm other birds who do play an essential role in biodiversity, unlike pigeons, which are a real pest,” Brussels alderman for cleanliness Zoubida Jellab told The Brussels Times.