Animal rights group slams shooting of pigeon who flew into courthouse
Published 21/07/2016 | 14:56
An animal rights group has condemned the putting down of a pigeon in a courthouse last week.
The pigeon had entered the building on Washington Street, Cork and despite attempts to lure it out, staff were unable to remove it.
A Courts Service spokesperson said the animal had become distressed after being in the building overnight and was dying from stress.
An animal specialist team were called in and they used an air pellet to put the bird down.
Speaking to Cork’s 96fm Opinion Line on Thursday, a spokesman from the Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) said the shooting was “completely preventable”.
John Carmody from ARAN told the show: “It’s a very, very sad situation and one that could have been completely preventable in the first place.”
Mr Carmody said there were always other options in dealing with such situations and “laziness” was a likely contributor to the outcome.
“If it’s not bloody pigeons that are being blasted out of the sky, its deer that are being shot or this animal or that animal. We’ve heard of cows a couple of weeks ago.
“It’s gone beyond a joke at this stage, to be quite honest with you, where if there is animals in whatever area, whether it’s in parks or for instance in this situation it’s in a court.”
Mr Carmody said he would have preferred if an animal welfare inspector or group had been contacted to assist.
He added: “[Pigeons] are actually very clean animals and they’re highly, highly sociable animals as well. You’ll often see them in flocks of up to 20 to 30 birds. They mate for life. They’re very complex, intelligent animals.
“All jokes aside, I think it was a pretty sad situation…It just didn’t need to happen.”
Independent.ie made a number of attempts to identify and contact the animal control specialist team involved but these attempts were unsuccessful.