The city of Toronto is looking at proposals to ban the feeding of pigeons – Toronto

Toronto is ready to consider banning pigeon feeding throughout the city.

A proposal proposed by Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam seeks to ban the feeding of birds in public and private spaces.

In his proposal — which was to be reviewed by the city council at a multi-day meeting that began Wednesday — Wong-Tam cited excessive pigeon droppings, social irritation, property damage and attracting rats through discarded food scraps as reasons for the proposed ban.

“Those who feed the pigeons of Toron may not be aware of the negative consequences and unintended consequences of their well-meaning behavior,” the movement said.

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“Large flocks of birds in public and private spaces create harmful nuisance because they interfere with the enjoyment and use of public and private property.”

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The sidewalks, plazas and laneways in Toronto have been “overwhelmingly flooded” with pigeons that continue to be attracted to these spaces due to food scattered by residents, the movement said.

“In addition to the problems of social irritation, excessive pigeon droppings from hundreds of birds concentrated in small areas can create unhealthy and unhygienic conditions,” the document adds.

The city already has a statute banning feeding or attempts to feed wildlife in parks, but this ban does not apply outside the green areas. Wong-Tam argued in his proposal that the existing statute has not been actively enforced.

Pigeons in Toronto near the Mimico waterfront on July 14, 2021.

Alex Rodrigues

“The lack of active and ongoing enforcement has made scarce green areas useless. This is especially difficult to accept in densely populated neighborhoods where such well-maintained and accessible park areas are badly needed for families in Toronto, ”Wong-Tam said in the motion.

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The proposal recommends that the municipal licensing and standards director report back to the council in March on a possible ban on pigeon feeding.

This report would include examining the possibility of banning pigeon feeding in all public and private spaces in the city and looking at what requirements would be needed to launch a “rapid response investigation and enforcement” to prioritize 311 complaints about pigeon feeding.

Another point the CEO would have to address if the proposal were adopted would be consultations with Toronto Public Health, while developing health and safety strategies “to deal with unhygienic conditions due to excessive amounts of waste when pigeons are collected. in large numbers. “

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