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Downtown pigeon ban announced

LOCAL sports, greenery and home management authorities have issued a regulation on the raising of homing pigeons, saying the birds should not be released in densely populated downtown areas or around the two airports.

However, the Shanghai Homing Pigeon Association said yesterday that it would be hard to persuade owners to obey the rule because many people made a living raising and training pigeons.

Officials said the measures were being introduced to improve the city's environment in the run up to the 2010 World Expo and as a safety precaution for the city's airports.

The regulation said no homing pigeon can be raised around the Expo site, main scenic spots or elevated roads.

The regulation will be adopted in the downtown area and the Expo site by the end of July, and will be promoted to the whole city by the end of September, officials said.

Officials said residents are expected to raise pigeons "legally." Urban management authorities will destroy pigeon cages if residents don't cooperate.

According to the association, the city had more than 13,800 families raising more than 1 million homing pigeons. Sixty percent live in downtown areas.

"Some people who raise pigeons took up the job because they couldn't find other work," said Yu Sangyun, deputy director of the association.

"I'm afraid forcing them to stop may make their lives difficult, which would cause instability for the whole of society," Yu said.


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