Jail birds: Thailand considers prison for feeding pigeons
Updated : September 28, 2018 11:47 AM IST
The Thai capital is considering jailing people who feed pigeons in public to try to eliminate the risk of bird flu and other diseases, officials said on Wednesday.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is spearheading a campaign to catch pigeons and has vowed to impose a ban on feeding them - violators could be jailed for up to three months, face a 25,000 baht ($770) fine, or both.
Other cities around the world have imposed similar bans, including Italian tourist favourite Venice where feeding pigeons is illegal - but there is no threat of serving time.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha this month ordered a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of pigeons in populated areas.