WATCH: Thousands of Birds KILLED in Pigeon Races
This week, PETA released a 15-month undercover investigation—spanning five states—of some of the largest pigeon-racing operations in the U.S.
Each year, tens of thousands of pigeons are torn from their mates and babies, packed tightly into crates, loaded onto trucks, driven hundreds of miles away, and forced to fly back to their homes in deadly long-distance races.
PETA investigators found that in many races, more than two-thirds of the pigeons die when they are forced to fly through severe weather, are attacked by predators or shot by hunters, collide with electrical wires, or collapse from exhaustion. Because the birds are raised in captivity, they cannot feed or fend for themselves when lost.
Pigeons who aren’t making money for their owners are typically suffocated, decapitated, or drowned to make room for new birds.