Ray is a beautiful white-and-gray fantail
pigeon who was seized along with dozens of other pigeons by animal control
officers because of neglect. He had an infected eye and was in poor health, but
the woman who had alerted authorities to the birds’ plight convinced them to
let her adopt him. Unfortunately, she was ill-equipped to care for Ray (she
didn’t know what sex he was and called him “Rachel”) and put him in a
dog crate in her basement, where he stayed for the next four years. He was prevented from flying and never received any treatment for his eye infection.

Finally, the woman grew tired of him and
contacted PETA. We arranged for Ray to be driven from Virginia to the Wild Bird
Fund, a wonderful wildlife rehabilitation facility in New York City, where he
immediately began receiving treatment for his eye and other medical conditions.
He now lives in a spacious aviary in upstate New York, where he can fly and be
friends with other birds for the first time in years.

Ray quickly attracted the attention of another
rescued pigeon, which is no surprise, considering how handsome he is. His new
family writes, “From the moment Ray arrived, Bently had her eye on him.
After Ray chose a nest box, Bently picked a nest box right above him and then
would sneak into Ray’s box when he was out and about. At first, Ray did not
want anything to do with Bently: He would peck and wing-slap her to get her out
of his box. This did not deter Bently at all—she pecked right back, and after a
few days, it was love!”

What You Can Do

Pigeon racers
use the devotion of birds like Ray and Bently against them and force birds to
fly hundreds of miles to return to their mates. More than 60 percent of birds die
or are lost in such races. Thousands of dollars may be bet on races, generating
millions annually in illegal gambling proceeds. You
can help by contacting U.S. Attorney General
Eric Holder and urging him to take action to stop cruel and unlawful
pigeon races.

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Article source: PETA Files

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