Racing pigeons is cruel


Re the Jan. 26 article Slaying casts spotlight on Miami’s world of pigeon racing: While we are saddened by the brutal death of Yoan Vazquez, and we offer condolences to his family, the story brings another issue to light. The practice of racing pigeons is cruel. What happens to the ones that don’t “fly home fast enough” to make a profit for the owner? They’re killed.

Keeping hundreds of birds in cages, driving them hundreds of miles away and waiting for them to instinctively fly back home can exhaust and kill many of the pigeons, who fly for long periods without food or water.

Doing this, as one racer admits, because “there’s nothing else to do” is unacceptable. So is allowing this cruelty to continue legally.

Hialeah and Miami-Dade County should restrict these abusive practices and quickly adopt regulations before more of a blight is cast on the county.

Don Anthony, communications director, ARFF/Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, Fort Lauderdale

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