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FALLEN ANGELS: ‘It is a massacre’, hundreds of dead birds litter Rome street scared to death by New Year’s Eve fireworks

The person filming is heard saying: 'This is the disgusting side of human nature'. The International Organisation for the Protection of Animals said the incident was a massacre.

CHRISTY COONEY: Hundreds of birds found dead on a street in Rome on New Year’s Eve were scared to death by fireworks, animal rights campaigners have claimed. It comes after a ban on fireworks in the city, introduced to protect people, animals, and heritage sites, went largely ignored… As well as the firework ban, a 10pm curfew was also in place in Rome as part of measures to stop the spread of coronavirus…

Footage from outside the Roma Termini train station, the main station in the city, showed the bodies of the birds covering a street and the walkways on either side. The person filming is heard saying: “This is the disgusting side of human nature. The fireworks. Hundreds of dead birds. Unbelievable. Look how many there are”… The birds are thought to have been mostly starlings…

The cause of the deaths has not yet been confirmed, but the International Organisation for the Protection of Animals said firecrackers and fireworks had been let off in a nearby neighbourhood used by birds to roost. Loredana Diglio, a spokeswoman for the body, said: “It can be that they died from fear. “They can fly up together and knock against each other, or hit windows or electric power lines. “Let’s not forget they can also die of heart attacks.” The organisation also described the incident as a “massacre”, the Associated Press reported. SOURCE…

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