210-euro fines proposed for frightening the pigeons in Alicante!
Rowdy children could prove expensive to their parents in Alicante parks
New regulations which are being considered by the Town Hall of Alicante could spell bad news for the parents and owners of children and dogs who enjoy the age-old pastime of running after pigeons in public parks and squares, as the proposals include the imposition of fines of 210 euros for what is considered by the Guanyar party to be an offence.
This new local byelaw is not yet in force, but the intention is to give initial approval to these fines and other measures by May of this year, and the punishments will be applicable not only to pigeons but to all other birds. The wording of the draft regulation specifically mentions “allowing dogs and other animals to chase” the birds, and although it might seem an extreme measure similar rules have already been established in Barcelona, Valencia, Vitoria, León and Avilés.
The aim of the proposed legislation is to protect the green areas and native species of Alicante, and other measures put forward include the eradication of the 17 invasive plant species which have been detected in public parks as well as animals which are considered to be unwelcome guests, including Barbary sheep, parakeets and red-eared terrapins.
Other clauses include fines for harming trees by various means, including chaining bicycles to them in order to avoid theft.
There is, it has to be said, some opposition to the pigeon-frightening clause from PP councilors, who propose that punishment be limited to cases where birds are hunted or captured. Along these lines, the draft already includes 210-euro fines for being in possession of air pistols or catapults in parks and gardens, but members of the public who would need to hurriedly re-train both their children and their pets will be hoping that the PP amendment is taken on board!