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Two men, aged 62 and 68, were fined in court on Wednesday (Jul 3) for pigeon feeding.
V Rajandran, 62, was fined $450 for one count of pigeon feeding.
The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) had been alerted to a case of pigeon feeding in February, and investigations found that V Rajandran had been feeding pigeons with bread crumbs at the void deck of Block 145 Potong Pasir Avenue 2.
He had previously been fined on four occasions for a similar offence.
In a separate case, Abdul Aziz S/O Saik Mohamed, 68, was fined $1,500 for five counts of pigeon feeding, and another six counts were taken into consideration during sentencing.
Investigations found that Abdul Aziz had been feeding pigeons at a grass verge at Block 825 Woodlands Street 81, near a “No feeding” signboard on multiple occasions between Dec 2017 and May 2018.
He had continued to feed pigeons despite several warnings from the AVA, and had previously been fined on two occasions for a similar offence.
Pigeon feeding in any premises or public place, including at HDB estates, is an offence.
The presence of feeders provides a regular source of food which may lead to pigeons congregating in the area. Feeding also encourages pigeons to breed, which results in an increase in their population.
Pigeons contaminate the environment with droppings, and leftover food from pigeon feeding may attract other pests including rats, that carry diseases and pose a risk to public health.
Anyone caught feeding pigeons can be fined up to $500 under the Animals and Birds (Pigeons) Rules.