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Don’t Give Refugee Pigeon Again to Racer, PETA Urges Shelter

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July 1, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Monroeville, Ala. – Following experiences {that a} pigeon named Bob, despatched over the English Channel in a British pigeon race, was discovered 4,000 miles away in Alabama and is now within the care of the Monroe County Animal Shelter, PETA despatched an pressing letter in the present day to shelter Director Sue Evans urging her not to return Bob to the person who used him for pigeon racing, a hidden cruelty that badly exploits and kills birds. As PETA’s pigeon-racing exposés have revealed, the casualty price of birds flying over the channel is so excessive that many racers discuss with it because the “graveyard,” and the North of England Homing Union, with which Bob is reportedly registered, was compelled to apologize for the various birds misplaced in an “terrible” race final yr.

Bob is presumed to have landed on a U.S.-bound ship within the English Channel—and as PETA factors out, there’s little question that others within the race drowned. In pigeon racing, domesticated birds (who’re unable to fend for themselves in nature) are deserted to the weather and battle to seek out their means residence and greater than 60% of birds gained’t return from a typical race.

“If birds utilized in British pigeon races don’t drown within the English Channel, they’re usually ‘culled’ as ‘losers’ by racers who snap their necks or fuel them with automotive exhaust,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch. “Bob the pigeon beat the chances to make it to security, and PETA is asking on the Monroe County Animal Shelter to let him dwell out the remainder of his days in peace.”

The group notes that an adoptive house is ready for Bob with a PETA staffer who at present cares for 2 different rescued pigeons and has years of expertise rehabilitating birds from the racing trade.

PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals will not be ours to make use of for leisure or abuse in another means”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra info, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.

PETA’s letter to Evans follows.

July 1, 2022

To:      Sue Evans, Director, Monroe County Animal Shelter

From:  Colin Henstock, Assistant Supervisor of Investigations, Individuals for the Moral Therapy of Animals

Re: Pressing Plea on Behalf of Bob the Pigeon

Expensive Ms. Evans:

Your consideration is urgently and respectfully requested. I’m writing with regard to Bob the pigeon, whom we perceive your company intends to return to the person who cruelly subjected him to the Guernsey race a number of weeks in the past. We urge you to view the outcomes of our investigation into related U.Ok. pigeon races, which led to the deaths of hundreds of birds.

Crossing the English Channel is without doubt one of the main risks going through pigeons launched outdoors the U.Ok. for races. The channel could be 150 to 200 miles large at some crossings, and the birds can not see land on the opposite aspect to make use of as a navigational reference. The casualty price over the channel is so excessive that many racers discuss with it because the “graveyard.”

However crossing the channel isn’t the one reason behind the large dying price for birds compelled to race—in addition they succumb to storms, exhaustion, hunger, predation, and collisions with energy strains. For the birds who do make it residence, there isn’t any assure of a cheerful ending, due to the widespread observe of culling. After the races are over, many of the pigeons who didn’t end within the cash or aren’t stored for breeding are deemed ineffective after which “culled” (killed) by merciless strategies similar to neck-breaking, drowning, or gassing with automotive exhaust. PETA investigators filmed such killings in England.

Bob is extraordinarily lucky to have discovered a ship to land on when he was exhausted. There is no such thing as a doubt that many different birds in that race drowned within the channel. The North of England Homing Union held an particularly poorly organized race final yr, for which it was compelled to apologize in regards to the many birds misplaced because of poor planning.

If a canine or cat have been deserted in an analogous method within the state of Alabama, the one who did so can be prosecuted for cruelty to animals. Due to this fact, PETA respectfully asks you to not return Bob to the person who callously deserted him. When you can be prepared to switch him, PETA has workers readily available with intensive expertise in rehabilitating and caring for pigeons. 

Thanks prematurely in your time and consideration and for the important work that you just do. I stay up for listening to from you.


Colin Henstock

Assistant Supervisor of Investigations



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