Feeding ducks in Rotterdam could net you a big bill from July 1

Feeding ducks attracts rats to Rotterdam. Photo: Depositphotos.com

Rotterdam is set to ban giving bread to ducks from July 1, like other cities like Amsterdam and Leiden.

The animal rights party PvdD tabled a motion in the city council to ban feeding wild animals in the port city, which was supported by other parties including the CDA, D66 and 50Plus.

The thrown bread has been blamed for an increase in the rat population as well as attracting mice and seagulls. The PvdD also claims that the high salt content of bread is unhealthy for ducks, while mold on bread can be deadly.

People who ignore the ban will be fined under local regulations (APV), although the city did not specify what the penalty will be. In Amsterdam, feeding animals on the street can be punished with a fine of €70.

For those who want to continue feeding the animals in the park, the conservation organization Vogelbescherming has notice published on its website on what constitutes a healthy poultry diet. Corn, peas, or lettuce leaves work best for ducks, or you can buy duck food pellets at pet stores and online.

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