Pigeon Racing Apparently Is Happening in Arizona; Of Course, PETA's Pissed

Pigeons are a top priority at PETA right now.
People apparently are gambling on pigeon races in Arizona, and there's actually a group that cares about it. Of course, that group's called PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

PETA says it's just completed a "15-month undercover investigation" over five states, including Arizona, into pigeon-racing operations.

See, pigeons -- which PETA claims are smarter than dogs -- tend to die from running into power lines, getting lost and dying from exhaustion, starvation, and other causes stemming from these races.

PETA's also pissed about the pigeon racers' killing the birds because they suck at winning races.

The stuff that non-PETA-enthusiasts may actually care about from this investigation is that PETA's accusing people of violating state and federal gambling laws from the races, in which stakes can reach more than $200,000.

Since most people have probably never heard of pigeon racing before, here's how PETA explains it:

Pigeon racers start training young birds by having them fly around outside their home lofts to familiarize them with the location. They then place the birds in crates and drive them away from home to release them for "training tosses," first close to home and then farther and farther. For a race, the birds are driven as many as 600 miles from their home to see if they are able to make it back faster than other birds. Released first thing in the morning, they fly out of desperation to get back to their mates and their eggs or hatchlings. When they return, sensors scan the radio-frequency identification chips in their leg bands and record their times on electronic race clocks. Their speeds are calculated based on the distance from the race release point to the racers' lofts, and the race results are sorted by average speed. The fastest birds win prize money.

The gambling comes into play as PETA alleges that the "entry fees" for a race technically are wagers, and the group also claims that people are gambling on the birds in other ways.

PETA claims almost $275,000 was wagered during the "2011 American Racing Pigeon Union Convention Race" in Phoenix.

Then, if the birds don't die of stupidity, PETA claims, racers are torturing them or killing them by other means.

"At the 2011 [American Racing Pigeon Union] Convention Race, out of 2,294 baby birds shipped to the Phoenix area for training, only 827 survived to race day," the group says.

Being PETA, it also objects to how the pigeons are killed, which it claims includes "breaking or wringing their necks, suffocation, gassing, pulling their heads off, drowning, and selling them to live poultry markets."

PETA says its turned over the evidence to the Maricopa County Attorney and the U.S. Attorney General, asking them to open investigations into the "rampant illegal gambling in violation of state and federal laws -- including felony gambling laws, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and tax laws -- to the tune of $200,000 or more in stakes per race"

There's also a video accompanying PETA's investigation, but judging from the gold chains and New York accents, those people might not be from Phoenix.

PETA has more details if you need them -- click here.

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peta  I cant stand them they make me sick sneaky manipulative twist things around for there own benefit and for the people that support them and groups like them im ashamed of you this is America im not saying im for cruelty to animals but its part of life thankfully its a minority of people that do it but these large organizations punish the majority take our rights we should never support them the people I know that have pigeons , chickens , dogs , horses cows , exc. are good people and love there animals & take good care of them regardless of what they do with them these large organizations has changed our definitions of cruelty. We as American people should ask ourselves what is a raceing pigeon for if not to race & as a caretaker of them its your duty to do what you think is best for your animal to help it succeed at what ever it is bred to do that's the challenge that's what makes it fun & if you can do it better than your opponent that's great your not going to do it without loving your animals / pigeons I want you to look at some of the raceing lofts on the internet & the birds & ask yourself is those birds being treated bad they live in a nicer building than most people I no


 Pigeons do not die from racing and they are not tortured. PeTA has
twisted their words to make you think what they want you to think. There
was not 275,000 wagered at the any race. PeTA does not care about
animals, they kill them. They just need your money to push for a Vegan
world and so that Ingrid and her top staff can live like millionaires.
PeTA believes all animals should stay wild and have no human contact
none what so ever. Ingrid Newkirk has said that herself.
    Now PeTA on the other hand has helped to destroy jobs in this country, they kill animals (they do not save or find but a few homes for a few few for publicity reason) they give nothing, they are non-profit and enjoy a tax free way to push a vegan agenda on unsuspecting people who have no clue as to what dog , pigeon , and horse racing or horse, cow, pork, and chicken slaughter is all about. many of the videos they have made were set up by them and they tortured the animals themselves to make things look bad. They prefer humans starve to death then to eat an animal. Animals have been a main part of the human food supply and always will be.


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Pigeons have featured in numerous experiments in comparative
psychology, including experiments concerned with animal cognition, and as a
result we have considerable knowledge of pigeon intelligence.


Available data show, for example, that:


    Pigeons have the
capacity to share attention between different dimensions of a stimulus, but
(like humans and other animals) their performance with multiple dimensions is
worse than with a single stimulus dimension.

    Pigeons can be
taught relatively complex actions and response sequences, and can learn to make
responses in different sequences.

    Pigeons readily
learn to respond in the presence of one simple stimulus and withhold responding
in the presence of a different stimulus, or to make different responses in the
presence of different stimuli.

    Pigeons can
discriminate between other individual pigeons, and can use the behaviour of
another individual as a cue to tell them what response to make.

    Pigeons readily
learn to make discriminative responses to different categories of stimuli,
defined either by arbitrary rules (e.g. green triangles) or by human concepts
(e.g. pictures of human beings).

    They do less well
with categories defined by abstract logical relationships, e.g.
"symmetrical" or "same", though some experimenters have
successfully trained pigeons to discriminate such categories.

    Pigeons seem to
require more information than humans for constructing a three-dimensional image
from a plane representation.

    Pigeons seem to
have difficulty in dealing with problems involving classes of classes. Thus
they do not do very well with the isolation of a relationship among variables,
as against a representation of a set of exemplars.

    Pigeons can
remember large numbers of individual images for a long time, e.g. hundreds of
images for periods of several years.


All these are capacities that are likely to be found in most
mammal and bird species. In addition pigeons have unusual, perhaps unique,
abilities to learn routes back to their home from long distances. This homing
behaviour is different from that of birds that show migration, which usually
occurs over a fixed route at fixed times of the year, whereas homing is more
flexible; however similar mechanisms may be involved.


Additionally pigeons may be among the very few animals to
pass the mirror test[1] — which tests whether an animal recognizes its reflection
as an image of itself — along with common chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans,
dolphins, African grey parrots, crows, magpies, elephants, and humans.

References to all I have posted

Pigeon intelligence. (2012) Retrieved May 16, 2012, from



World War II and later

Left: Swiss homing pigeon service sergeant major, Women's
Military Service, uniform of 1986


Durjing World War II, the United Kingdom used about 250,000
homing pigeons. The Dickin Medal, the highest possible decoration for valor
given to animals, was awarded to 32 pigeons, including the United States Army
Pigeon Service's G.I. Joe and the Irish pigeon Paddy.


The UK maintained the Air Ministry Pigeon
Section during World War II and for a while thereafter. A Pigeon Policy
Committee made decisions about the uses of pigeons in military contexts. The
head of the section, Lea Rayner, reported in 1945 that pigeons could be trained
to deliver small explosives or bio-weapons to precise targets. The ideas were
not taken up by the committee, and in 1948 the UK military stated that pigeons
were of no further use. However, the UK security service MI5 was still
concerned about the use of pigeons by enemy forces. Until 1950, they arranged
for 100 birds to be maintained by a civilian pigeon fancier in order to prepare


 Upon return to America, Cher Ami became the
mascot of the Department of Service. The pigeon was awarded the Croix de Guerre
Medal with a palm Oak Leaf Cluster for his heroic service in delivering 12
important messages in Verdun. He died at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, on June 13,
1919 from the wounds he received in battle and was later inducted into the
Racing Pigeon Hall of Fame in 1931. He also received a gold medal from the Organized
Bodies of American Racing Pigeon Fanciers in recognition of his extraordinary
service during World War I.



World War I service


On October 3, 1918, Charles Whittlesey and more than 500 men
were trapped in a small depression on the side of the hill behind enemy lines
without food or ammunition. They were also beginning to receive friendly fire
from allied troops who did not know their location. Surrounded by the Germans,
many were killed and wounded in the first day and by the second day, just more
than 200[verification needed] men were still alive. Whittlesey dispatched
messages by pigeon.[2] The pigeon carrying the first message ("Many
wounded. We cannot evacuate.") was shot down. A second bird was sent with
the message, "Men are suffering. Can support be sent?" That pigeon
also was shot down. Only one homing pigeon was left: 'Cher Ami'. He was
dispatched with a note in a canister on his left leg,


    We are along the
road parallel to 276.4. Our own artillery is dropping a barrage directly on us.
For heaven's sake, stop it!


As Cher Ami tried to fly back home, the Germans saw him
rising out of the brush and opened fire. For several moments, Cher Ami flew
with bullets zipping through the air all around him.[3] Cher Ami was eventually
shot down but miraculously managed to take flight again. He arrived back at his
loft at division headquarters 25 miles to the rear in just 65 minutes, helping
to save the lives of the 194 survivors. In this last mission, Cher Ami
delivered the message despite having been shot through the breast, blinded in
one eye, covered in blood and with a leg hanging only by a tendon.


Cher Ami became the hero of the 77th Infantry Division. Army
medics worked long and hard to save his life. They were unable to save his leg,
so they carved a small wooden one for him. When he recovered enough to travel,
the little one-legged hero was put on a boat to the United States, with General
John J. Pershing personally seeing Cher Ami off as he departed France.


In 1871 during the Franco-Prussian War, when Paris was
surrounded by Prussian troops, the French military used hot air balloons to
transport homing pigeons past enemy lines. Microfilm images containing hundreds
of messages allowed letters to be carried into Paris by pigeon from as far away
as London. More than one million different messages traveled this way during
the four month siege.


 hSUS and PeTA are not the "Animal Friendly" organizations you think they are.

The HSUS (who is behind animal legislation) doesn't give a hoot about whether animals are humanely kept or not!
The stated aim of HSUS is the abolition of all forms of domestic animal keeping,
including livestock, birds of all kinds and......purebred pets. Them and PETA
are Siamese twins, sharing many of the same paid personnel, and together they
help finance the Animal Liberation Front, which is listed as a leading domestic
terrorist group by the FBI.
They put on a multi-million dollar TV advertising campaign
depicting the worst abuses of animals they could find, all of which were 99% BS,
but they managed to get the bill passed. The upshot of this is that in
California, egg and broiler producers are leaving not only the state, but are
moving en-mass to Mexico....taking not only more than 100,000 jobs with them,
but virtually guaranteeing that egg, fryer chickens,
turkey and others will at least double in price in the next year or two.
HSUS has well over $100,000,000 in its coffers, and collects an estimated
$120,000,000 in donations from people duped into thinking they are donating
money to the Humane Society! The HSUS is only the tip of the iceberg of the
animal rights wackos worldwide.
Over the last ten years, they have collected more than a half billion dollars
worldwide, and yet their expenditures for actual animal welfare activities is
less than 1/2 of 1% of their annual budget, or about 1.7% of what their officers
and staff are paid. During the average election cycle, the spend many millions
in political advertising pushing their agenda, and have several paid lobbyists
at both state and federal levels.
Meanwhile, the real Humane Society that these bandits stole the name from, are
literally dying on the vine for lack of funds. Courtesy of
those who openly or tacitly help the HSUS.
these organizations helped the animals in the aftermath of Katrina,
PeTA members were caught dumping dead healthy looking dogs and cats in
black plastic bags in a dumpster. Many of the animals had been survivors
of Katrina. There were news reports on the HSUS, 99% of the animals
they were suppose to be care for were euthanized. A few were given back
to the owners who were searching for their lost pets. Of course that was
used as publicity for the HSUS to bring in more donations.



If Orcas Have Constitutional Rights, Don’t the Dogs and Cats PETA Kills, Too?
In reaction to news that a California federal judge threw out a
lawsuit filed by the animal rights group People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals (PETA) on behalf of five orcas alleging “slavery,”
the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) announced it is
considering filing a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court. CCF
would represent the 25,000-plus dogs and cats that PETA has killed since
1998 whose “rights” have been violated under the 5th and 8th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.
“Clearly, being taken in by PETA is cruel and unusual punishment for
America’s cats and dogs,” CCF Senior Research Analyst J. Justin Wilson
stated. “PETA kills 6 dogs and cats every day without giving them the
due process they are entitled to.”
This week, a federal judge in California dismissed a PETA lawsuit on
behalf of five orcas at SeaWorld parks, stating that only humans have
Constitutional rights. Wilson recognized that the CCF suit might still
be viable in a different federal district court.
“Frankly, if PETA is so concerned about the rights of a few killer
whales, what about the rights of the pets it routinely kills?” Wilson
asked. CCF may appeal for litigation support from former The Price is Right host Bob Barker, a well-known animal rights activist.
A 2010 inspection of 290 PETA animal custody records performed by the
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services discovered
that PETA killed 84 percent of the animals it took control of within
only 24 hours. Additionally, the inspection discovered that PETA’s
animal shelter didn’t meet PETA’s own published guidelines for running a
humane shelter.
“Don’t Rover and Fluffy have a right to life—or at least a court
hearing, public defender, and an exhaustive appeals process before they
get the PETA lethal injection?” Wilson asked. “Let’s not forget that
these animals are also entitled to speedy trial and the right to vote
when they turn 18—or 3, adjusted for dog years.”
For more information go to www.PETAKillsAnimals.com


 Hypocritical Animal Rights Group Brings Pet Death Toll To 27,751

Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) published
documents online, obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request,
showing that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) killed a
staggering 95.9 percent of the adoptable pets in its care during 2011.
Despite years of public outrage over its euthanasia program, the
notorious animal rights group has continued killing adoptable animals at
its Norfolk, VA headquarters, at an average of 37 pets every week.

According to records
from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, PETA
killed 1,911 cats and dogs last year while placing just 24 in adoptive
homes. Since 1998, a total of 27,751 pets have died at the hands of PETA

“PETA hasn’t slowed down its slaughterhouse operation, even as the
group continues to lecture the American public with its phony ‘animal
rights’ message,” said Rick Berman, CCF’s Executive Director. “It
appears PETA is more concerned with funding its media and advertising
antics than finding suitable homes for these dogs and cats.”

Despite its $37.4 million budget, PETA employees make little effort
to find homes for the thousands of animals they kill every year.

A 2010 inspection
of 290 PETA animal custody records performed by the Virginia Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Services discovered that PETA killed 84
percent of the animals it took control of within only 24 hours.
Additionally, the inspection discovered that PETA’s animal shelter
didn’t meet PETA’s own published guidelines for running a humane

“For the 13th year in a row, PETA’s leaders have shown they don’t
care about the unlucky dogs and cats that come to its Norfolk facility,”
Berman continued. “It’s about time PETA’s ‘shelter’ is reclassified as a

CCF has obtained PETA’s “Animal Record” filings for every year since
1998 from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Members of the public can see these documents at www.PETAKillsAnimals.com.


PeTA only took what they wanted and used words to take it to the level they wanted. I think you should be aware PeTA does not appear to be an ethical
group. They damage property and threaten lives of animals and humans to
stop animal ownership. They are a vegan group and do not care about the
animals. What they care about is destroying and stopping the eating,
use, and ownership of ALL animals, through legislation, state and city
ordinances to create a vegan society, which will never happen. They are destroying our economy, making it harder for
farmers and ranchers to do their business and all animal activities that
bring in revenue for cities, state and federal agencies. All one loft
races of homing pigeons report what the law requires them to report in
winnings and much of the winnings are donated to hospitals, fire stations, shelters, school projects etc... and to cover the expenses of putting on the one loft races.  PeTA however, does not bring in any revenue to our country,
state or cities and is a non profit organization who license should be
revoked seeing how they do not do what they claim they are suppose to be
doing. They are a destructive terrorist group who funds ALF. An international, underground leaderless resistant group that engages in illegal direct action in pursuit of animal liberation. Activists see themselves as a modern-day underground railroad, removing animals from laboratories and farms, destroying facilities.Critics have compared them to terrorists. Much of the propaganda PeTA & hSUS uses, is fabricated and made by them to make it look worse than it is. 


PETA can come over to my house and take all the pigeons that next and shit all over the place if they love them so much.


PETA  the Biggest Animal cruelty organization around! 

Will gladly do all of the  things they rail against if it furthers the  Cause, they  are like a Animal based GOP


They say a democracy only lasts 200 yrs...that was a long time ago already.
Washington politicians are useless, government is useless, and our local
law enforcement is just as crooked and useless.

Tubes Fan
Tubes Fan

I used to shoot 'em with a .BB gun, good eating, really.
Probably will again if the economy doesn't pick up.


Why does PETA distinguish between eating these animals (squab) and using them in animal husbandry?  Is there a level of value derived from the animal over which PETA gets involved?  I'm confused about what PETA is about - certainly the use of all farm animals by humans involves some extraction of value out of those uses to which they are put.  So is the racing of pidgeons in line with raising cows for beef and should we look towards applying the same standards to that business which makes money off their product?  Personally, I think so.  I wonder if PETA does as well. 

Joe Clarke
Joe Clarke

If you don't enforce the laws on pigeon gambling or illegal immigration we must ask ourselves
why we need to pay so much for unperforming law enforcement personnel.


"Pigeons are smarter than dogs?" Doubt it. Less pigeons in the world is a good thing.


Your cavalier attitude in this report is a bit disturbing ... if the words republican ... sheriff ... governor or illegal immigrants were attached you would be all over it ... the word I am coming up with is hypocritical ...

Tyler Greene
Tyler Greene

There are allot more people than just PETA who care about how any animals are killed. And killing for entertainment  is just fucking disgusting. People need to realize they don't own the world or other living things. Maybe we should rip mothers away from their newborns and see how fast they run back to their kin. And for those of you who think there's a difference...Fuck You!


Less people like you, even better.

Hypocrisy sucks
Hypocrisy sucks

"Arizona wants Mexicans to get the fuck out; of course New Times is pissed"


I think your approach would be better received without profanity. I'm on your side but would not converse or want to listen to you at all. My point ;

You ask for civility toward the subject but you demonstrait a lack of ...


So we should be "civil" to those who derive pleasure from being cruel to animals?


 Like me, he hates excuses for people who abuse animals.


@shadeaux14 I think we should all get rid of any pets any hobbies stop eating any kind of meat so we don't offend someone else regardless of how brainwashed or naturally stupid they are get up every morning go to work come home watch tv  and wait for someone to tell us what to do next after we give them are money of course so they can feed us furnish our next meal humanely. we can watch kids starve to death on tv we can kill an unborn child but cant race a pigeon people make me sick with there greed n lies to get what they want no matter who it hurts that's discusting 

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