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Pigeons: AKA Rats with Wings

Pigeon pirates are spotted illegally catching birds on the streets of Manhattan to sell to gun clubs to be SHOT for sport, animal rights activists claim

Pigeon pirates are illegally catching the birds on the streets of Manhattan to sell them out of state gun clubs to be killed for sport, animal rights activists claim

On January 16, Susan Tang and her husband, Nicholas, witnessed two men in a van bearing New York plates as they captured about 50 pigeons in Hell's Kitchen

'It was deeply disturbing. I'm a born and raised New Yorker. I love everything about this city. The pigeons are as NYC as you can possibly get' Tang said

Another pigeon pirate spotted with a net full of pigeons on January 8 along Broome and Norfolk streets in the Lower East Side

Punishment for the crime was not streamlined in NYC until 2019, when a new bill made it a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1000 fine

A permit is required in order to trap pigeons citywide

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