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Nov 7, 2011

Focus:Animal Welfare
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Location:United Kingdom

Good news for a change- Bristol Royal Infirmary hospital stops Pigeon cull
(UK)- please congratulate them!
Further to our national appeal in August of this year to try and stop this
Pigeon cull working with our contact at Bristol Animal Rights Coalition SWAP
team UK have received this info from the BRI Chief Executive Robert Woolley-
Quote from email SWAP team UK received from the BRI on 1st November 2011-
"I can confirm that the trapping exercise was for a 6 week duration as
recommended by the pest control contractor, commencing on 9th June 2011 and
ending on 15th July 2011. The agreed period was adhered to and no trapping
has taken place since completion of the programme.
Following the complaints that were received, the Trust contacted both PiCAS
and the RSPCA. The RSPCA confirmed that our approach was appropriate in the
circumstances.
Following a lengthy telephone meeting with a representative from PiCAS, a
report and quotation was submitted by them. The Facilities and Estates
Division, having reviewed the report submitted by PiCAS, have identified
funding and will be submitting a request for a site survey to be completed
from January 2012".
UNQUOTE

We are delighted with this news as the BRI have now agreed to work with
PiCAS (Pigeon Control Advisory Services) who advise on humane ways of
dealing with Pigeon problems. See their website here, PiCAS do brilliant
work so please recommend them to anyone that is thinking of culling Pigeons-
http://www.picasuk.com/

Please now write to Dena Ponsford (general manager of facilities) and Bob
Pepper (director of facilities and estates) to thank them for co-operating
with us all-
dena.ponsford@uhbristol.nhs.uk and bob.pepper@uhbristol.nhs.uk

Please also write to thank and congratulate the Patient Support and
Complaints Team at the BRI who have dealt with our ongoing complaint-
pals@uhbristol.nhs.uk

Many congratulations and thanks go to Bristol Animal Rights for leading a
brilliant campaign and big thanks to all our supporters who wrote to the BRI
to complain.
One huge voice from us all makes a world of difference for the animals-
together we are a positive force for change!

Please see our original appeal below from August this year for reference
Many thanks
SWAP team UK

HOW DISGUSTING AND CRUEL IS THIS?
Hospitals are meant to be a place of kindness and compassion but this takes
the biscuit!
Urgent action needed-Bristol Royal Infirmary hospital trap and kill Pigeons
(UK). All traps must be removed immediately to prevent further suffering.
Gulls are allegedly trying to drag the Pigeons out of the traps and the
Pigeons are wilting in the hot sun. Something has to be done asap to stop
this cruelty. Non lethal methods to control Pigeons are needed now to stop
this brutality.
UK and worldwide response needed asap
SWAP team UK have recently been alerted to the trapping and killing of
Pigeons at Bristol Royal Infirmary hospital. We have written to the Patient
Support and Complaints department at the hospital and we have now been
informed that they are investigating this.
We are naturally appalled at any company killing Pigeons for whatever reason
however a hospital that saves human lives but is killing Pigeons is an
absolute outrage!
Please see the press release below from Bristol Animal Rights, we understand
someone from the group who is very concerend about this has already been
interviewed on local radio, listen here-
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00j69hm/Ben_Prater_04_08_2011/ -
please scroll forward to 1 hour 16 mins, 43 seconds.
Please also see this recent BBC article-
http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/news/uk-england-bristol-14401376
The article above mentions other hospitals within the hospital trust
therefore are other Pigeons being trapped elsewhere? If so we want all traps
removed throughout their hospitals! Quote from article-A spokeswoman from
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust said: "We work closely
with, and have taken advice from, our external pest control provider to
ensure that the measures we undertake across all of our city centre
hospitals are appropriate. End of quote

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