SINGAPORE - Two men were fined $450 and $1,500 for feeding pigeons in two separate cases in court on Tuesday (July 3).
In the first case, Abdul Aziz Saik Mohamed, 68, was fined $1,500 for five counts of pigeon feeding, with another six counts taken into consideration during sentencing.
In October last year, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore was alerted to a case of pigeon feeding at Block 825 Woodlands Street 81, said the AVA in a statement on Tuesday.
Investigations found that Abdul Aziz had been feeding pigeons at a grass verge near a "No Feeding" sign on multiple occasions between last December and May this year.
Despite several warnings from the AVA, he continued to feed pigeons, and was previously fined on two occasions for a similar offence, said the authority.
In the second case, 62-year-old V Rajandran was fined $450 for one count of pigeon feeding.
The authority was alerted in February to the case at Block 145 Potong Pasir Avenue 2, where V Rajandran had been feeding pigeons with bread crumbs at the void deck.
He was previously fined four times for a similar offence, said the AVA.
Pigeon feeding in any premises or public place, including at Housing Board estates, is an offence, the AVA added.
"The presence of feeders provides a regular source of food which may lead to pigeons congregating in the area. Feeding encourages pigeons to breed and results in an increase in their population," said the authority.
"Pigeons dirty the environment with droppings, and leftover food from pigeon feeding may attract other pests, like rats, that carry diseases and pose a risk to public health."
Those caught feeding pigeons can be fined up to $500.
In its statement, the AVA encouraged the public not the feed pigeons and to report pigeon feeding activities using its online feedback form or through the OneService app.
"Members of the public can also talk to others about the downsides of feeding. By leveraging their sphere of influence, they can help change the behaviour and perspectives within their community," it added.
Correction note: An earlier version of this story said V Rajandran was fined $400 for pigeon feeding. The AVA has clarified that the fine was $450.