In March 2018, Tampines Town Council launched ‘Love Me Don’t Feed Me’ at Blk 343 Tampines Street 33 to deter residents from feeding the pigeons.
The rise in number pigeons is due largely to frequent feeding of these animals by residents. While some do it out of compassion, the act contributes to potential hygiene issues. For example, food left behind attracts other pests, contributing to a dirtier environment.
The number of complaints received by TTC was displayed on banners that were hung within the residential area, starting with Block 343, Tampines Street 33.
Together with several message boards that conveyed the frustrations of other residents, the installation also served as a reminder that it is against the law to feed pigeons. Anyone caught can be fined up to $500.
The installation was followed by a string of public education posts over at TTC’s Facebook page to further enhance the message. One of the posts explained how residents could show their love for the neighbourhood bird instead of feeding it.
Feeding pigeons increases the rate of its reproduction, and hence, rapidly multiplying its population. It also changes their palettes to prefer food consumed by humans. As independent birds, pigeons are capable of sourcing their own food. So let your neighbours know: if you love pigeons, don’t feed them!