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Morrisons criticised for pigeon ‘murder’ in Hadleigh
MORRISONS has been accused of “murder” after ordering a pigeon to be shot.
Customers were furious after the store, in London Road, Hadleigh , allegedly arranged for a bird stuck in the eaves of the shop entrance to be killed.
Richard Tomlins, 74, of Willow Walk, Hadleigh, reported the trapped bird to staff at the store on Tuesday.
Workers told him the pigeon had been there for four days.
Angry that action had not been taken, he requested the store rescue the bird and was assured they would get it down.
He returned the next day and was shocked to be told the store had been closed so a pest control company could come in to destroy the animal.
Animal lover Mr Tomlins, who has a pet tortoise and a dog, said: “I am extremely angry they could do this.
“To murder this poor pigeon is shameful. It was doing nothing wrong, it just happened to get stuck in the wrong place.
“They should’ve put every effort into catching it. The bird was nowhere near any of the food and all it would have taken was a quick phone call to the RSPCA and the pigeon could have been spared.
“The poor thing had been trapped for days and couldn’t get out.
“You could see marks on the window where it had tried to batter its way out, which is so sad.
“I was promised they would rescue the bird, and am disgusted they took this action instead.”
Mr Tomlins lodged a formal complaint with Morrisons’ head office following the incident.
A Morrisons spokesman said: “Any pest in a store poses a risk to food safety.
“After two days of trying to get the pigeon to move, as a last resort it was humanely dispatched by pest control.”
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