Countries around the world are enforcing lockdowns to stop the spread of coronavirus. People are staying indoors and businesses are closed or limited. Therefore, with people not leaving crumbs of food behind outside of cafes and restaurants, the pigeons are struggling to find food. Pigeons in the city survive by enjoying what humans leave behind and German Animal Welfare Association is worried about German pigeons starving to death.
Their specialist for species protection, Leonie Weltgen says: “Pigeons are very loyal to their local habitat. They will not leave the city centers and will starve to death if they are not provided with food soon. Since it is the breeding season, many young animals will die in their nests if parents can no longer feed them.”
The charity is hoping to set up feeding points with the help of volunteers and animal rights activists. They’d distribute corn, grain, or seed to ensure the pigeons are fed and don’t starve to death.
This is a great example of humans thinking of the other species we share this planet with even during our hard times. As Weltgen says, “we have a responsibility” to help them, especially since the ancestors of these pigeons were bred by humans.
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