Debates over pigeons can get heated. Are they vermin or a symbol of a great and prosperous city? Who knows?
All we know is that pigeons and their poop are a recurring factor in many large cities, becoming a staple in plazas and other major gathering places.
Barcelona is the first city to approve of an ethical plan for taking control of the pigeon population through birth control: solving their bird problem and appeasing the pigeon lovers.
The Spanish government will map out the city and get an accurate reading of their bird population – an estimated 85,000 – they will then interact with their department of sanitation so that the necessary precautions can be implemented and thus preventing any harm from coming to the birds and the people of Barcelona.
The birth control will be placed in the most populated areas of the city and will be targeted towards the the younger pigeons, the ones who are most sexually active, so that the results are reflected as soon as possible. It then will be progressively applied to the older pigeons.
Kudos to Barcelona for figuring out a way to solve their bird problems without committing bird genocide.