February 5, 2009

Danish capital may evict pigeons

City officials in Copenhagen, Denmark, said pigeons living in the City Hall loft may need to find new homes due to budget restrictions.

Officials said the Danish Working Environment Authority ordered the city to improve working conditions for employees who take care of the pigeons, citing the narrow stairway that leads to the loft as unsuitable, the Copenhagen Post reported Thursday.

However, city officials said the required renovations would cost about $60,000. Pia Allerslev, deputy major in charge of culture and leisure, said affording the construction would mean abandoning plans to repair and replace school toilets, which recently became a priority after the poor quality of the restrooms became publicized.