| The councilor for Health and Public Health of the Cieza City Council warns that, in the street cleaning ordinance established in its article 10.2.n), it is prohibited to "feed animals on public roads, and especially pigeons "| In a press release, the councilor for Health and Public Health of the City of Cieza, Francisco Saorín, has warned of the dangers of feeding street animals to street food and also recalls that food remains are a source of food and development for other types of pests -such as rats, cockroaches and ants-, also vectors of many diseases and infections.A person throwing hard bread crumbs at pigeons, in the middle of a public square, can be a tender image with the naked eye.
But that person is oblivious to the innumerable risks to public health that feed animals such as pigeons and stray cats in the cities indiscriminately.
Histoplasmosis, chlamydiosis and toxocariasis are just some of the diseases that these animals can transmit, not to mention many others that roaches, rats and other insects can be vectors.In the case of pigeons, for example, the damage is not only aimed at health, but it is necessary to underline the significant damage that its presence causes both to urban furniture and to the architectural heritage of cities.Due to its richness in organic matter, food scraps are a good support for the development of microorganisms and pests.
When an individual places an open can of tuna to feed the cats in their neighborhood or when a grandfather with his grandson throws pieces of bread at the anxious pigeons, they are not really only putting the health of all the individuals in that area at risk.
They are offering the ideal raw material for the development of many other less pleasant pests such as rats, cockroaches or ants."In addition to being a hygienic problem, roaches and all these types of pests can cause serious diseases, such as dysentery and salmonellosis," warns Saorín.
Likewise, cockroaches or mice are susceptible to causing allergies in people, manifesting themselves in the form of sneezing, itching, tearing and runny nose; and in some cases, these manifestations can be complicated causing a severe asthmatic crisis in case the immune system of the affected person does not respond adequately.Finally, Saorín has reported that, after receiving numerous complaints from neighbors, he has asked the Local Police to enforce the street cleaning ordinance in which in its article 10.2.n) it is prohibited to "feed the animals on public roads, and especially pigeons.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Cieza