John Butler wants readers of The Argus to view the pigeon as a “problem” (Letters, April 9).

Of course he would. As a professional bird controller he has a vested interest in promoting such a view. It is baseless scaremongering.

As was made clear in previous correspondence, the chief veterinary officer stated in 2000 that the 8,000 pigeons in the confines of Trafalgar Square posed no health risk (Letters, April 2). I know whose view I would follow.

With such fussing about these entertaining and harmless birds, hysterical calls for a fox cull and the predictable whining about nesting gulls incoming, it appears that some people would like our towns to be devoid of all life apart from their own. What sad people they must be.

Chris Natural, Tilbury Place, Brighton