The March 25 article Killing over racing pigeons lands Miami man 25 years in prison, didn’t mention how many birds suffer and die in this pastime.
PETA conducted a 15-month undercover investigation into some of the largest pigeon-racing operations in the United States. Its investigators documented massive casualties of birds during races and training, rampant “culling” (killing), abusive training and racing methods and illegal interstate gambling.
Since pride and profit are often the compelling factors in pigeon racing, owners have little use for birds who can’t or won’t win. One racer told PETA’s investigators that the “first thing you have to learn” in pigeon racing is “how to kill pigeons.”
Pigeons are smart and have complex social relationships. They are completely innocuous. They deserve to be left in peace.
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Jennifer O’Connor, PETA Foundation, Norfolk, Va.