Top Ten Hated (But Misunderstood) Animals – 9 – The Pigeon (Columba livia)

Considered a pest, often called ‘rats with wings’ and purged, poisoned, destroyed, shot, nests broken, removed and starved we have performed untold acts of cruelty on them. But do pigeons really deserve to be treated like that? They are successful because we taught them how to be, and give them an environment rich in all they need to exploit it and be successful. In my opinion pigeons are beautiful birds that deserve a lot more love and respect, and it is only their numerousness and their proximity that make them taken for granted.