The city of Suny in North-Eastern Ukraine is considering an unorthodox method of ridding its pigeon problem by getting them drunk.
The radical measure was proposed amidst fears that City Day, an annual holiday celebrating the founding of Suny in 1652, would be ruined by the growing presence of the birds, Metro reports.
A statue of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko will be covered in bird droppings come City Day, officials fear.
Alexei Movchan, who heads the city branch of Ukraine’s ruling Party of Legions, came up with the idea: “Let’s give them wine-soaked bread and then deport them somewhere where they’ll wake up the next day.”
He dismissed accusations of animal cruelty by saying that deportation of intoxicated birds has been practised for years in a monastery in Western Ukraine.
It is unclear whether the city of Suny will utilise Movchan’s plan ahead of the City Day celebrations on September 2nd