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More than 150 animal welfare groups are celebrating after Barcelona's city council decided to put its 85,000 pigeon population on the pill!
The new controls will replace the controversial rounding up and killing of the birds which are threatening to take over the historic centre, pooping on monuments, listed buildings and tourists.
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Barcelona's leaders are taking expert advice over contraceptive methods which could cut numbers by as much as 80 per cent within four to five years.
The first step will be to count the number of pigeons, a huge task which will take place during December and January.
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Meantime, the city council has officially confirmed, culling will be suspended, with the aim of avoiding interference with the results.
From April of 2017, 40 special feeding dispensers will be installed in the different districts of Barcelona, each containing contraceptive food. The first results will be analysed at the end of that year.
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