At least this is proven by the case of a Tokyo taxi driver who was arrested and charged with intentionally driving into a flock of pigeons, one of which did not survive. Reports do not state what punishment he faces if convicted.

A 50-year-old taxi driver, Atsushi Ozawa, “used his car to kill a non-game pigeon” and was arrested for violating wildlife laws, a Tokyo police spokesman told AFP.

The suspect told police he hit the birds because “roads are for people.” “It’s up to the pigeons to avoid cars,” he was quoted as saying in the local press. According to Japanese media, the taxi driver sped out of the intersection as soon as it turned green and hit the birds at a speed of 60 kilometers per hour. The incident was reported to the police by a passerby who was alarmed by the sound of the engine at full speed.

The veterinarian who performed the postmortem examination of the pigeon determined the cause of death to be traumatic shock.