TENERIFE – The woman was fined because feeding the pigeons is “an act that affects the health and natural balance of the city.
The Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council has initiated a sanction procedure against a citizen who repeatedly fed pigeons, violating the municipal ordinance on the protection and keeping of animals. This regulation considers this a serious administrative offence punishable by a fine of up to €1,500.
Public Health Issues
The mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez, commented in a note that “these facts cannot go unnoticed,” so the municipality will continue to penalise people who feed animals on public roads. “A simple act like this can lead to public health problems and it is our responsibility as city leaders to prevent this,” he said.
The councillor for strategic planning, environmental sustainability and public services, Carlos Tarife, explains that “the woman often repeats the feeding who, as she says, refuses to change her behaviour and carries plastic bags with a large amount of rice that she throws on the ground to feed the pigeons”.
Tarife adds that “these people who feed the pigeons should be punished because it is an act that affects the health and natural balance of the city by, for example, a greater amount of excrement or other animals such as rodents.”