Someone keeps feeding the pigeons at Clementi Ave 1 even though it's illegal and attracts pests

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Feeding pigeons is illegal.

Yet someone is feeding the birds at Block 424 Clementi Avenue 1.

Stomper Audrey said: "I have reported it numerous times to the town council and National Environment Agency (NEA), but nothing has stopped the bird feeder from feeding the birds daily.

"Birds would be at the window ledge to wait every day."

In response to a Stomp query, a spokesman for Jurong-Clementi Town Council said that the town council has been working closely with relevant agencies, including the National Parks Board (NParks) and NEA, on pigeon control measures.

It added: "The town council is aware of the feedback, and has kept in close contact with affected residents to update them on the town council’s efforts.

"While the town council has stepped up cleaning efforts to remove pigeon droppings, we seek residents’ help in joint prevention efforts – whether by refraining from leaving food on the ground or throwing it out the window for birds or other stray animals.

"Feeding of animals encourages their population growth and food left on the ground will attract pests such as rats and roaches.

"We will continue to work with the relevant authorities to heighten public awareness on behaviour which may lead to health hazards."

Under the Wildlife Act, it is illegal to feed any wild animal, including pigeons, in any place.

First-time offenders can be fined a maximum of $5,000 while repeat offenders face a maximum fine of $10,000.

Dr Adrian Loo, who is Group Director of Wildlife Management at NParks, told The Straits Times in April that between February 2021 and 2022, NParks issued warnings and composition fines to close to 200 offenders caught for feeding pigeons.