Feb. 13, 2020
MADRID — Madrid has begun planning for a cull of almost all the city's population of thousands of Kramer and Monk parrots, invasive species that the city council says are a nuisance to human neighbours and a threat to public health.
More than 11,000 birds, or some 90% of the capital's total population of the birds, will be culled under the programme, local government officials said on Thursday.
The cull, criticised by several animal rights groups, is due to begin in October and run for 23 months. It will aim to bring the bird numbers under control by destroying nests, removing eggs, and capturing both chicks and adults using nets and cages.
"The ethical euthanasia of the animals will be conducted using methods that do not contravene animal welfare norms," Madrid's environment department said.