City pigeons

Why Vets For City Pigeons

Nuisance from pigeons is a recurring problem in many towns and cities. But a lot of solutions to this problem are controversial. In 2018, the Flemish Animal Welfare Council issued an advisory report for managing pigeon populations in cities. The integrated Vets For City Pigeons control policy is fully in line with this advice.

An age-old problem

Urban pigeons are an inherent part of a typical city street scene. They have great historical value and have lived alongside humans for centuries. But the situation has got out of hand. Pigeon populations just keep growing, leading to material damage and nuisance. Many towns and cities suffer from overpopulation, and this can drive authorities to take drastic measures. Some practices are visible, but others stay under the radar and are often cruel.

The Flemish Animal Welfare Council

An integrated approach is the only way to tackle pigeon control problems. In 2018, the Flemish Animal Welfare Council issued an advisory report for managing pigeon populations in urban environments. It consists of a five-part action plan for efficient population control. One of these action points is birth control.

The power of Vets For City Pigeons

The Vets For City Pigeons control policy is built around birth control. We use a non-hormonal contraceptive for this: R-12. The effect of this medicine is simple, reversible and safe for humans and animals. Contraception keeps pigeon populations under control in an effective, animal-friendly and ethically responsible way.

Alongside birth control, Vets For City Pigeons also supports the four other action points provided by the Flemish Animal Welfare Council. We offer professional advice to authorities and can monitor the situation closely with periodic counts and constant evaluation. We’re the only organisation on the market with a total solution for pigeon control problems.

The success of R-12

R-12 was developed in Italy where it’s been used for pigeon pest control on large city squares for many years. It’s also achieved spectacular results in Spain, including at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. R-12 was registered in Belgium in 2016, and used here for the first time in 2017. Interest in the product has grown in our country ever since.

The pigeon used to be a privilege of the elite classes, who cherished it for its nutritional value and droppings. It was used to convey messages during the First World War; post pigeons were safe and reliable couriers thanks to their outstanding orientation abilities and capacity to travel long distances. After the war, there was no longer any use for the pigeon and it was neglected. It became a wild animal and settled in our cities, where the concrete buildings and high gables were akin to the nesting places of its forefather, the rock dove.

A surplus supply of food and a lack of natural enemies meant feral pigeons could reproduce freely, and overpopulation soon ensued.