Dame Vera Lynn knows all about war heroes – after all, the much-loved singer made her name by cheering up the British troops during World World II. So she was understandably distressed to learn how British pigeons, loyal birds who served their country by delivering vital messages during both world wars, are being ruthlessly exploited by the pigeon-racing industry.
The “Forces’ sweetheart”, who also abhors inhumane foie gras, expressed her dismay after seeing PETA US’ exposé of the high death rates and ill-treatment of birds during cross-Channel races. “Separating pigeons … Read more.
“You have to kill some, obviously.”
– Rod Adams, North of England Homing Union, 3 August 2012
PETA US recently went undercover to reveal the truth about the world of UK pigeon racing. The findings were shocking: hundreds of thousands of birds die each year during gruelling cross-channel races, while the sport has an endemic lack of regulation and is rife with illegal wagers and unlicensed associations.
Another aspect of this dark story makes it still clearer that racers (also known as “fanciers”) have little to no regard for the pigeons’ … Read more.
A young seagull was shot through the neck with a crossbow in Inverness, and cocktail sausages laced with nails were left on playing fields in Monmouthshire in order to injure dogs – these two sickening incidents of cruelty to animals happened in just the past few weeks in the UK.
Image: Scottish SPCA
Hurting animals is just plain wrong. Society needs to take these shocking crimes seriously, because animal abusers are a danger to everyone. Sick individuals who carry out violence against animals – who can’t report abuse and often can’t fight … Read more.
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It’s been a great summer for England’s cricket fans, with the team currently the ICC Twenty20 champion, the holders of the Ashes and the top-ranked test side in the world. But birds also have something to celebrate because the world-famous home of English cricket, Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, has removed foie gras from its menu!
After viewing PETA’s foie gras exposé narrated by Kate Winslet, which shows how ducks and geese are abused by being repeatedly force-fed in order to produce this horrific product, Lord’s made the … Read more.
For those tennis fans among you, we’ve got some ace news to share! After being contacted by PETA, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) has confirmed that foie gras is out this year and will not be appearing on official event menus.
Birds used for foie gras know only pain and suffering from birth until death. Confined for their entire existence to tiny, filthy cages and pens, these natural water birds are lucky if they so much as glimpse a large body of water, let alone have … Read more.
Most birds love a sweet little tune. But they aren’t so fond of disco music blaring right next to their cages all night. At the Costa Adeje Gran Hotel in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, a group of small caged birds is being used as a decorative prop in the foyer. Every evening, the foyer turns into a nightclub, and the birds are bombarded with deafeningly loud music for several hours.
It’s easy to see how the loud noise would leave the birds sleepless and upset. PETA US has written to the hotel … Read more.