Tourists in Chiang Mai have been warned not to feed pigeons at Tha Pae Gate or face fines of Bt25,000 as the birds could carry diseases.
The number of pigeons at Tha Pae Gate has reportedly increased to 10,000 per day. Despite the warning, vendors continued to sell bird food to tourists who ignored the "Do not feed the birds" signs.
To solve this problem, police and city officers have been deployed to remind tourists and vendors of the legal consequences.
First, a verbal warning will be given to tourists and vendors. Subsequently, anyone found feeding the birds will be fined Bt25,000 or face a three-month jail term under the Public Health Act.
Feed sellers can be fined up to Bt12,000 under the Maintenance of the Cleanliness and Orderliness of the Country Act and the Animal Feed Quality Control Act.