Why, you ask? Well, it seems the pigeons scarf up the uncooked rice (or do Italians make risotto out of it and throw that?) and then wait around for the next wedding, pooping all the while.
Not only that, but the claim is that pigeons root around in little voids in the monument for food that might have blown in—enlarging them until….
ONE DAY VENICE JUST SINKS INTO THE SEA.
Ok, bit of a slippery slope there. But here’s a fact you maybe haven’t considered: “A recent study estimated that cleaning up monuments and repairing the damage caused by pigeons cost each Venetian taxpayer 275 euros ($381.3) a year.”
Of course, the way the crooks in the White House are mismanaging things, that could be well over $400 by tomorrow or so—but that’s beside the point.
Or maybe it’s not. See, tourists come, feed the cute pigeons, toss big-mac wrappers to the breeze, and expect it all to be clean and pristine in the morning, all at no charge to them (after all, the Euro is so strong). Such actions cost the few remaining Venetians a sack full of Euros.
Sure, the tourist industry benefits from all this free-wheeling tourism, but Venetians are moving from Venice out to the ‘burbs because of the cost of living and because they can’t get one of those 8 Euro espressos in San Marco Square unless they’re willing to step over a gaggle or two of bare breasted tourists eating junk food and tossing the wrappers hither and yon.
So, one surmises that soon it will cost each of the remaining two residents of Venice over a million Euros in taxes to fix the pigeon poop problem.
Of course, then residents of Venice will be so rare that tourists will pay 10 Euros each to see one in the wild.
Sometimes money flows down the slippery slope, doesn’t it?