It's Illegal to Feed Pigeons in Phoenix


Don't feed the birds. At least, not the pigeons. 

The Phoenix City Council has passed an ordinance prohibiting people from feeding wild pigeons.

Residents asked the council to pass the ordinance after complaints of droppings covering yards, pigeons perched on roofs and community parks overtaken by the birds. 

The city will fine a "bird feeder" once it receives signed complaints from three separate households about the person not following the ordinance. According to The Arizona Republic, the penalties are the same as they are for nuisance violations in the city of Phoenix: a minimum $150 fine and a maximum $2,500 fine. Violators can also be charged civilly or criminally. 

The Phoenix suburb of Tempe passed a similar ordinance last year.

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