Michael Mansfield urges Queen to sever ties with ‘Nasty’ Pigeon Racing

Next to a PETA US survey just published revealing that pigeons are dying by the thousands in the South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race (SAMDPR), prominent lawyer Michael Mansfield QC publicly urged the Queen to end his involvement in the pigeon sport, by making the following declaration:

Any compassionate person would be disgusted by the findings of PETA’s new South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race – including the revelation that all eight birds sent by the Queen this year perished in quarantine ahead of this crushing death race. The organizers see the pigeons not as the living and sentient beings that they are, but as mere commodities to be exploited for financial gain.

If a breed involving humans only had a 22% survival rate, it would undoubtedly be shut down, but these loyal and intelligent birds are sent to their deaths year after year.

Pigeon racing is like the barbarism of cockfighting and bear baiting and should be banned. In the meantime, the Queen should cut ties with this ugly ‘sport’ – not because the law demands it, but because it’s the right thing to do.

The pigeon race is deadly

During the SAMDPR quarantine period, stressed birds from all over the world are grouped together in the same loft, with the potential to transmit disease to each other, including zoonoses. Those who do not die during this period are forced into long training sessions under the blazing South African sun. Many become disoriented and die of exhaustion, predation, dehydration, or hunger.

Less than a quarter of the pigeons that originally enter the race series finish it. In 2020, only 44 of the 373 pigeons sent to South Africa for racing by British amateurs survived, and only five of the 42 pigeons the Queen sent to South Africa in the past six years have survived. If the pigeons used for racing are ‘winners’, they are locked up for life for breeding – like what pigeon fanciers call ‘prisoners’ – or if they perform poorly, their necks are broken.

In addition to documenting severe cruelty to animals, the occasional slaughter of pigeons deemed unfit, and high death rates, the investigation recorded confessions by enthusiasts of apparent financial crimes, including illegal gambling, l tax evasion and money laundering, as well as violations of environmental standards. laws.

Pigeons mate for life and saved lives

Did you know that pigeons have their own culture, that they mate for life and are dedicated parents, both making harvest milk for their babies? They also pass the “mirror test,” demonstrating self-awareness and intelligence, and have won more Dickin medals – the Victoria Cross of animals – than any other animal for saving the lives of civilians and members of the armed forces during World War II and subsequent conflicts.

Will you help them?

Call on the Queen to end her involvement in this cruel “sport”! Please ask her to remove her sponsorship from all pigeon racing organizations and urge her to convert her Sandringham loft from a pigeon breeding mill into a sanctuary for lost, injured and injured birds. unwanted.

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