Letter: Flying rats

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Your picture of pigeons in Trafalgar Square eating off a visitor's tongue (Review, 26 August) may have been posed. But it is very representative of the silly, dangerous antics of thousands who feed pigeons.

To touch a disease-carrying pigeon is, for an adult, irresponsible. For a parent to allow a child to do so is neglectful in the extreme.

Pigeons are not "nice" and they are certainly not hungry. By feeding the creatures we are promoting year-round breeding, thus swelling the numbers of as seriously hazardous "flying rat".

In the interests of public health, pigeons in urban areas should be poisoned. There was a song about this, wasn't there?