APRIL 30 2012
Pigeon racing is one form of cruelty that you may never have thought about. Pigeons are intelligent, loyal birds who mate for life and who are doting parents, yet each year, tens of thousands of them are torn from their partners and babies, packed tightly into crates, loaded onto trucks, driven hundreds of miles away, and forced to try to fly back to their homes in deadly long-distance races.
During a recent 15-month investigation, PETA penetrated some of the largest pigeon-racing operations in this country and discovered that the birds are being killed by the thousands. Investigators found that in many races, two-thirds of the pigeons or more never make it back to their mates alive. They die after they are released from crates on the back of a truck and are forced to fly through severe weather, are attacked by predators, collide with electrical wires, are shot by hunters, or collapse from exhaustion. Because the birds are raised in captivity, they cannot fend for or even feed themselves. They are considered disposable objects to be wagered on.
The stakes are high for pigeon racers and all of the gambling is illegal. PETA documented races in which participants bet more than a quarter of a million dollars on the birds. Pigeons who aren't making money for their owners are typically suffocated, decapitated, or drowned to make room for new birds the next racing season.
You can read more about our investigation by clicking here and by viewing exclusive undercover photos. We also need for you to take action to help pigeons used in cruel races right now.
Please click here to contact Attorney General Eric Holder and urge him to investigate cruel and unlawful pigeon races. And please involve other people in helping the birds—family members, friends, coworkers, neighbors—by sharing this on Facebook.