Urge the Attorney General to Investigate Cruel and Unlawful Pigeon Races!

PETA has just released a 15-month undercover investigation—spanning
five states—into some of the largest pigeon-racing operations in the U.S. PETA documented massive
casualties of birds during races and training, discovered
rampant deliberate killing of the birds and abusive training
and racing methods, and exposed a multimillion-dollar illegal gambling industry.

We need you to urge
the attorney general to investigate these cruel and unlawful pigeon races now!

Pigeons, who are fiercely loyal mates and parents as well as
complex problem solvers, will do their best to fly hundreds of miles to get back
to their families. Gamblers exploit these qualities and purposely separate
pigeons from their hatchlings and mates so that they will fly home as quickly
as they can. But even if pigeons make it to their final destination, they are
often killed after the racing season ends. Birds who aren’t considered fast
enough and aren’t wanted for breeding are typically “culled”— killed
by suffocation, drowning, neck-breaking, or decapitation.

PETA discovered that pigeon racing generates an estimated
$15 million a year in illegal gambling proceeds and involves felony violations
of federal gambling, racketeering, and tax-evasion laws. Read more about our
investigation into the pigeon-racing
, and take action now.

Please take
a moment to speak up for birds and write to Attorney General Eric Holder. Urge
him to take action to stop cruel and unlawful pigeon races. And please share
this on Facebook to encourage your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers to
help, too.


Dear [Decision Maker],

I was shocked to learn that there is extensive felony gambling, racketeering, and tax evasion in pigeon racing. In races throughout the country, participants wager hundreds of thousands of dollars in betting pools and other gambling schemes. An estimated $15 million is at stake annually on the pigeon races, with some races bringing in more than a quarter of a million dollars in wagers. During the process, the intelligent, gentle, and loyal pigeons–who are regarded as nothing more than objects on which to wager–die or are violently killed by the thousands.

In any given pigeon race, hundreds or even thousands of birds are torn from their mates and hatchlings, packed tightly into crates, loaded onto trucks, and driven as many as 600 miles away to see if they’re able to return home faster than the others. As the birds are raised in captivity, they cannot fend for or even feed themselves away from home. Often 60 percent–and up to 95 percent–of the birds die in a given race from severe weather, predators, exhaustion, hunters, electrical wires, or starvation. Birds who survive the ordeal but aren’t making their owners money and aren’t valuable for breeding are typically killed by suffocation, drowning, neck-breaking, or decapitation.

Please investigate and prosecute these unlawful enterprises immediately for brazenly violating federal gambling laws. Let them know that future violations will not be tolerated.

Very truly yours,
[Your Name]

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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