From Heavyweight to Featherweight, Pigeon Racing Reality Show!

From Heavyweight to Featherweight, Pigeon racing goes primetime with it’s own reality show!

Former world heavyweight champ Mike Tyson will take flight on Animal Planet with a new sport — pigeon racing.

The network this week announced a new reality show that will pit Tyson, a novice pigeon racer, against serious competitors.

The show is currently titled “Taking on Tyson” and promises to bring audiences inside this “intensely competitive and bizarrely fascinating world.”

Tyson has raised pigeons all his life but will take to the rooftops as a racing rookie. The network says he’ll be assisted by a colorful team of pigeon experts as he rears, trains and races them.

“I’m honored to be a part of this monumental show on Animal Planet. I feel a great pride acting as an official representative for all the pigeon fancier’s out there. I want people to see why we love these birds. It feels good returning to the rooftops of the city where it all started for me — New York.”

The show is scheduled to be taped this spring in New York City and air early next year.

Watch the video below as Mike Tyson takes us inside his pigeon loft:


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  1. #1 by Andy on March 24, 2010 - 12:26 pm


    TO: Attorney’s Office
    Charles J. Hynes DA
    350 Jay St. … See More
    Brooklyn, New York, NY 11201

    RE: PeTA Complaint against Mike Tyson

    Dear Mr Hynes:
    I am writing in support of Mr Tyson and his Pigeon hobby. Pigeon Racing is a very respectable hobby. We as pigeon hobbyists spend a great deal of time and money on this hobby. Most of us just spend the money and get little or no money in return and are satisfied with that. The racing pigeon hobby is a hobby that brings an immense amount of pleasure and enjoyment in breeding, training and racing for Individules as well as Families. If any money is put on a race it is done with One Loft Races where pigeon fanciers from all across the world send their young pigeons to race together from one loft. It is all done legally and papers are filed with the IRS.
    We have 2 National Homing Pigeon Organizations in the USA who represent the Racing Homer Fanciers. The American Racing Pigeon Union and the International Federation of Homing Pigeons Together we are 50,000 strong or more. Homing Pigeons have played an important role in wars for a long time. They were often used as military messengers, thanks to their homing ability, speed and altitude. It is a very wholesome hobby. In 1871 during the Franco-Prussian War when Paris was surrounded by Prussian troops, hot air balloons were used to transport homing pigeons past enemy lines. Microfilm images were then taken of hundreds of messages, allowing letters to be carried back into Paris by the pigeons from as far away as London. More than one million different messages traveled this way during the four month siege. During World War II, the United Kingdom used about 250,000 homing pigeons. The Dickin Medal, which is the highest possible animal’s decoration for valor, 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 in World War II and for a while thereafter.

    PeTA on the other hand is a terrorist organization and not a reputable organization. Please see below. 17 July 2005. After more than 100 dead dogs were dumped in a trash dumpster over four weeks, police in Ahoskie, N.C., kept an eye on the trash receptacle behind a supermarket. Sure enough, a van drove up and officers watched the occupants throw in heavy plastic bags. They detained the two people in the van and found 18 dead dogs in plastic bags in the dumpster, including puppies; 13 more dead dogs were still in the van. Police say the van is registered to the headquarters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and the two occupants, Andrew B. Cook, 24, and Adria Joy Hinkle, 27, identified themselves as PETA employees. An autopsy performed on one of the dogs found it was healthy before it was killed. Police say PETA has been picking up the animals — alive — from North Carolina animal shelters, promising to find them good homes. Cook and Hinkle have been charged with 62 felony counts of animal cruelty. In response to the arrests PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said it’s against the group’s policy for employees to dump animals in the trash, but “that for some animals in North Carolina, there is no kinder option than euthanasia.”
    The story of them killing animals isn’t even unusual. According to PETA’s own filings, in 2004 PETA killed 86.3 percent of the animals entrusted to its care — a number that’s rising, not falling. Last year PETA took in $29 million in tax-exempt donations. It simply has other priorities for the funds, like funding terrorism. But don’t take my word for it: I got my figures from — and they have copies of PETA’s state and federal filings to back it up. The bottom line: if you donate money to PETA because you think they care for and about animals, you need to think some more. PETA literally yells and screams about how others “kill animals” but this is how they operate?.
    The Center for Consumer Freedom is running a petition calling for on the Internal Revenue Service to revoke the tax-exempt status of the “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.”

    Despite its deceptively warm-and-fuzzy public image, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) has donated over $150,000 to criminal activists — including those jailed for arson, burglary, and even attempted murder. In 2001, PETA donated $1,500 to the North American Earth Liberation Front, a criminal organization that the FBI classifies as “domestic terrorists.” And since 2000, rank-and-file PETA activists have been arrested over 80 times for breaking various laws during PETA protests. Charges included felony obstruction of government property, criminal mischief, assaulting a cabinet official, felony vandalism, performing obscene acts in public, destruction of federal property, and burglary.
    PeTA is just trying to sensationalize on yet another public figure and really do not care about the animals in question. We as Pigeon Handlers do care about the birds and take exceptionally good care of them and the hobby.

    Kay Smith

    Thank you Kay!!!

  2. #2 by Joseph Tedeschi on March 22, 2010 - 7:17 pm

    Does anyone know how to contact PETA? They are giving this new Tyson show and racing pigeons a real bad rap. These people don’t know what they are talking about.

  3. #3 by Jonathan Paulus on March 20, 2010 - 7:36 am

    can you desribe a winning form.

  4. #4 by G.A.Tanner Jr. on March 19, 2010 - 4:53 am

    As luck would have it, Pigeons do not have ears!!!!!!!!!!

  5. #5 by Bill on March 18, 2010 - 12:38 pm

    When is this show going to air.

  6. #6 by Fred on March 17, 2010 - 5:30 pm

    It’s time!!! all these other sport program on TV, and finanlly, the sport of pigeon racing and handleing of other type of pigeons. Thanks to “Mike” and the Discovery Chanel Network for spear heading this program. “Bring it on!!!

  7. #7 by Hannes on March 17, 2010 - 1:17 pm

    Did any body have an e-mail adress off Mike Tyson I want to e-mail Mike.YOUR Pigeon Articles are off a high standard

  8. #8 by Donna Bacchiochi on March 17, 2010 - 8:28 am

    I cannot warch the videos cause I only have dial-up , just too slow . Anybody know how to download videos off the website that could be watched offline ? Donna

  9. #9 by Donna Bacchiochi on March 17, 2010 - 8:25 am

    Wonderful !
    I can’t wait for this show ! I have been a fight fan since my teens……actually have photographed Roberto Duran working out in Gleasons’ Gym in NYC in the 70’s. I didn’t know this about Tyson , it certainly softens his image abit . It will be wonderful for him and pigeon racing.As a novice pigeon breeder ( maybe someday racer ) I will follow it religiously! Donna in VT

  10. #10 by Jim Waymire on March 17, 2010 - 8:08 am

    I think it is a good thing……..YOU GO MIKE!!!! HAVE SOME FUN.

  11. #11 by PigeonRacingFan on March 17, 2010 - 3:53 am

    I think this show is going to be great for our sport, something that it’s needed for quite some time. I just hope they show pigeons and fanciers in a positive light.

  12. #12 by Jay Brooklyn on March 16, 2010 - 10:15 pm

    No Probblem Its My Plesure !! looking to start my Own Stock In DR !!!

  13. #13 by Sahar Bano on March 16, 2010 - 9:37 pm

    Many many thanks for sending the ideas about Racing Pideon. its the organisation which may be help to the peoples those are interesting in pigeon Racing are breading the Pigeon.

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