Have you ever been to Venice, Italy? If you have watch out for the pigeons! The huge population of pigeons is costing the residents of Venice 275 Euros a year. That translates to 378 American Dollars. The money is used to clean up the bird poop and fix the damage done to buildings. To get rid of the birds the city will have to cut back on the pigeon’s food supply. In 2000 a law was passed that made it illegal to feed pigeons except in St. Mark’s Square.
Our critical question is, should the city of Venice all the public feeding of pigeons? One side wants the pigeons gone, they cost a huge amount to clean up after and all of the that money is coming from residents, not the tourists who feed the birds. The other side wants to keep the sellers in business. The birdseed sellers are making good money on tourists and if a law was passed that banned all bird feeding then they would all be out of jobs.
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PS Don’t forget to watch where you step.