The Wild Bird Fund needs your help to stop the illegal baiting and netting of wild pigeons in New York City.
Over the past several months, the Wild Bird Fund has received reports of a man throwing seeds to pigeons, then netting them and putting them in a van for transport. He has been seen in several locations in the Upper West Side, as well as in Battery Park City.
"He is doing this with impunity," says Esther Koslow, spokesperson for the Wild Bird Fund. "It's very much against the law."
Pigeons, as well as any other wild animal, are fully protected from trapping or mistreatment within any park in New York City, and only the Board of Health, with the appropriate permit, has the authority to remove them from anywhere else in the city.
Why net pigeons?
"When people have confronted him, he's just lied," says Esther. "He's said he's taking them to some kind of sanctuary, which doesn't exist, or that he's catching them for the Viola Pigeon Club, which has never heard of him."
The Wild Bird Fund believes that the pigeons are being captured and sold to Pennsylvania pigeon clubs who shoot them for sport, so they are working with a coalition of concerned citizens, including Upper West Side assembly member Linda Rosenthal, veterinarian Andy Kaplan and attorney Michael Devereaux to pressure the NYPD Humane Law Enforcement to open an investigation.