Who Pigeon Fanciers REALLY are!


Hey all,

I have been reading many articles and news feeds ever since the news broke that Mike Tyson was getting his own show on animal planet about pigeon racing and I have noticed that some people have been bad mouthing the sport, pigeons and fanciers not to name names (PETA). They have been saying all sorts of things like pigeons are dirty, fanciers mistreat their birds, animal cruelty and so on and so forth. It’s obvious to me that they don’t know this sport and hobby at all nor do they know us fanciers.

So I figured who better to clear our name then US! we have a great group of fanciers here on the www.pigeonracingpigeons.com blog. So post your comments below and tell the rest of the world what pigeon racing really is all about and who we fanciers really are. Tell them how much you love your pigeons and how pigeon racing is a wholesome hobby that involves the entire family, promotes bonding and responsibility just to name a few.

So go ahead and post your comments here and let’s set them straight.

Thanks for your participation.
Yours in the sport,
-Chris

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  1. #1 by hamed on January 12, 2011 - 5:01 am

    hey all i live in iran and we have very like pgeons and pigeon race .those are verry good intertanement in our life .and i like pigeons race bc they are so kind and they do something that are impossible ! tanks

  2. #2 by AROCK 7DS on November 27, 2010 - 8:49 pm

    hey andy what part of fl im in orlando looking to buy homers carlosarock7ds83@ymail.com bklyn

  3. #3 by Andy Rivera on November 27, 2010 - 7:57 pm

    To those that care and for those that don’t I couldn’t care I’ve had pigeons since I was able to hold one my first pigeon was a BLUE TEAGER FLIGHT then I started keeping Canadians because they stayed flying for a long time. I had about 800 flights and 400 Tiplets, My first homer was a grizzle homer I still miss that bird he was the smartest bird I ever own. When I moved down here to FLORIDA I took my best Flights and Tiplets I still have the same blood line that I flew in the BRONX,New York of course the birds got old and past away happy. I have about 400 pigeons now about 60 tiplets and 340 racing homers,It has always been a hobby until 2003 when I joined an Au pigeon club now I’m in the sport and race young and old birds I’ll be doing this until I die hope that I’m remembered for all the good pigeon times that we had.

    ROYAL

  4. #4 by patty on October 27, 2010 - 1:03 am

    hey PETA guys! you don’t know anything about our sport so cut the crap!!!even the poorest people here in the Philippines specially in the slums keep pigeons and these people make a decent way on how to make a living with the help of our feathered friends,pigeons give them hope,happiness,and guess what? these young flyers here are being taught of respect,responsibility,humility and you PETA guys,what will you teach these youngsters? PETA i challenge you to come here in the PHILIPPINES and see what i’m talking about!!!!!!PETA PETA PETA cmon!!!analyze first before you do your thing!!!

  5. #5 by Shane on August 5, 2010 - 7:26 pm

    What a joke! PETA I mean, LOL! If a person can’t even have a loft of pigeons then what is the world coming to? The PETA people need to leave honest, working people alone or get the heck out of this country! Last I checked we are in the U S of A! That means FREEDOM to have a loft of birds,dog,cat,horse ect. ect. Leave us alone PETA, mind your own business GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!

  6. #6 by trev madigan on July 19, 2010 - 7:01 am

    Hear in Australia in adelaide we ly about the releases the say all away it 4 mints , my birds dont do rhat ???.

  7. #7 by Justin on April 20, 2010 - 8:15 pm

    I feel dealing with Mike Tyson you will get publicity. PETA is taking an oppurtunity for some publicity. My pigeon loft is cleaner then some resturants. Not to mention PETA should be after them chinese resturants that feed cats. Or make a dent to the whale wars. Or China selling animal skins in the USA for furs.PETA must be running out of donations. Ingrid Newkirk must be broke.
    It was doves on the Ark. Noah would of thrown Ingrid overboard.

  8. #8 by Cobie on April 18, 2010 - 6:34 pm

    Why is everybody complaining about. He is doing something that SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE A LONG TIME AGO BY THE IF & AU We pay dues to organizations that does NOTHING to show people how nice the sport is and the love we have for our pigeons.

  9. #9 by PigeonMaster on April 17, 2010 - 11:13 pm

    Serious fanciers know their flock and are organize. http://WWW.PIGEONREGISTRY.COM is the free Loft Management system online for all serious fancier developed by faciers group passionate about the our sport and its promotion.

  10. #10 by Warren on April 12, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    The city I live in has banned keeping pigeons in the city limits so to do so you would be be fined for breaking the bylaw and ordered to remove your birds and loft.
    There are fewer feral pigeons each year which are probably descended from or are domestic pigeons. Yet they want Falcons and other raptors to survive in our locale I wonder what they think raptors feed on. We know when keeping pigeons we may lose a few not returning to the loft getting lost joining feral pigeons or taken by raptors. Feral pigeons are part of the natural cycle as their numbers decrease so will the birds that feed on them. This is an environmental issue that they don’t seem to be able to see. So what are these groups thinking about this or are they against this as well. Extremists interfering with our lives and life style is against our right of freedom and would not be allowed on a different issue. What are the national pigeon groups doing in this area and should we be contacting them on this issue?
    I thank Pigeon Racing Pigeons for giving us the opportunity to voice our concerns on this issue in the interests of our passion PIGEONS!

  11. #11 by Warren on April 12, 2010 - 12:12 pm

    The city I live in has banned keeping pigeons in the city limits so to do so you would be be fined for breaking the bylaw and ordered to remove your birds and loft.
    There are fewer feral pigeons each year which are probably descended from or are domestic pigeons. Yet they want Falcons and other raptors to survive in our locale I wonder what they think raptors feed on. We know when keeping pigeons we may lose a few not returning to the loft getting lost joining feral pigeons or taken by raptors. Feral pigeons are part of the natural cycle as their numbers decrease so will the birds that feed on them. This is an environmental issue that they don’t seem to be able to see. So what is this groups thinking about this or are they against this as well. Extremists interfering with our lives and life style is against our right of freedom and would not be allowed on a different issue. What are the national pigeon groups doing in this area and should we be contacting them on this issue?
    I thank Pigeon Racing Pigeons for giving us the oppotunity to voice our concerns on this issue in the intrests of our passion PIGEONS!

  12. #12 by dinesh sharma {pandit} on April 12, 2010 - 8:30 am

    on january 2010 i have a sinior heart attack .i have no mare times but now i am well and i think the reason is with my family & friends my pigeons is also pray for me.
    in hospital my family tells your pigeon is well & my friend is care of pigeons .pigeon is my first love &life.

  13. #13 by Neels Horak on April 11, 2010 - 1:34 pm

    Hi Chris I really enjoy the sport all the info you share with the rest of the world is very important for the beginner,because all pigeon fanciers love their pigeons and will never mistreat them.We spend a lot of money on our pigeons for their health and diet to keep them in good condition,so that they be able to be good athletes.We name them,love them like they are family because they are part of the family.

  14. #14 by mads on April 11, 2010 - 9:23 am

    weel i guess they can kiss my tail feathers also

  15. #15 by mads on April 11, 2010 - 9:14 am

    you know i cant believe there are some idiots out there who still say these a dirty sport i guess fighting dogs is a good thing ha ha incredible all my family enjoys my birds and just for thekick the first babies this year i named after some of my family members na d they constatnly ask me about there bird this sport brings a lot of people together and not only that but anywhwre that i go and the topic comes up about animals i get into my pigeon talk and next thing you know those people are hanging on every word i say thay did not know pigeons could do this or do that tehy all seem amazed the only thing that i wish we would do more as pigeon lover (which ive been called a few times)is to let a a a lot more people know about this great sport some folks dont even konw that still exist today

  16. #16 by terry , area13loft on April 10, 2010 - 8:18 pm

    hi, just wanted to say (peta- you can kiss my pigeons tail feathers !!! )

  17. #17 by eleanor on April 9, 2010 - 3:37 pm

    can someone help me ? ? i found a pigeon with a brass band the reads: SCS 09 145

    i don’t know what to do with it ? i’m afraid the cats of which there are many in my neighborhood.. will get to it. it stays in our yard. i feed it seed everyday along with water. i can’t keep it.. it won’t go away. does anyone want it ? i live in paramount, CA very near long beach, CA…. please e-mail me.. thanks

    • #18 by TATSCRU LOFT on April 10, 2010 - 7:27 am

      hiya Eleanor i can help you if you like call me @ 1-774-242-4643 its much easier to explain over the phone, to point you in the right direction thank you caring for the pigeon! ALamo TATSCRU LOFT

  18. #19 by TATSCRU LOFT on April 8, 2010 - 5:37 pm

    frank :ONCE AGAIN THE PETA IS OUT TO CLAIM ANOTHER VICTORY AND IN MOST CASES ALL THEY WANT IS TO HAVE THEIR NAME IN PRINT. I AM SURE THERE ARE FLYERS THAT ARE NOT AS KEEN AND DO NOT PUT THE PROPER TIME AND RESPECT INTO THEIR BIRDS BUT IN 99 PERCENT OF THE CASES THE BIRDS ARE LOOKED AFTER WITH THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR THE BIRDS. WHEN YOU HAVE HAD THE BIRDS FOR 50 YEARS AS I HAVE HAD AND NEVER MISSED AYEAR OF RACING THERE IS TRUE LOVE OF THE SPORT THAT STARTED WHEN IWAS 11 YEARS OLD . IF THE KIDS OF TODAY WOULD EMBRACE SUCH A SPORT YOU MAY FIND WE WOULD HAVE LESS PROBLEMS WITH THE YOUTH OF TODAY . INSTEAD OF CONDEMMING THE SPORT THE GOVERMENT SHOULD LOOK AT SUPPORTING IT . IF THEY ALLOW THE PETA TO GET A HAND IN THE DOOR THEY MAY CREATE PROBLEMS FOR OUR GREAT SPORT. IN MOST CASES THE PEOPLE THAT ARE ALWAYS TRYING TO SHUT US DOWN HAVE NO IDEA THE DEPTH OF THE SPORT OF PIGEON RACING . THE PETA SEE ONE PROBLEM AND ARE WILLING TO CONDEM EVERYONE ,I HAVE ALWAYS SAID WHEN YOU ARE A PIGEON FLYER YOU HAVE TO TAKE 2 STEPS FORWARD AND ONE BACK. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR EACH AND EVERY FLYER TO EDUCATE HIS NEIGHBOURS AND TREAT THEM AS HE WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED OTHERWISE ANY HEADLINES THAT THIS TYSON THING BRINGS OUT WILL ALSO GET THE ATTENTION OF ALL YOUR NEIGHBOURS GOOD AND BAD .I HOPE COOL HEADS PREVALE AND THIS TV PROGRAM CAN SHOW THE GOOD SIDE OF OUR SPORT
    FRANK

    sorry i think its just another way for them to make the budget list they need money to keep the peta so they go around picking on us but did you know the are some of the people that are killing pigeons too!! out here in Cape Cod,Ma. they have crows that are feasting on eggs of some type of bird that is on the list of extition so they decide to put poision get eggs so the can kill they corws here is a qoute on the topic… SOUTH WELLFLEET — Federal biologists will implement their experimental plan this spring to poison crows and boost the region’s rare piping plover population.

    But Seashore scientists also are considering a nonlethal option: placing already dead crows near plover nests to ward off live crows from eating plover eggs, said Cape Cod National Seashore Supt. George Price on Tuesday.

    Crows are a primary predator of piping plovers in the Seashore, which, under federal law, must protect the small shorebird and its habitat. Seashore officials are considering the crow-poisoning plan as a way to increase the plover population, reduce plover monitoring costs and prevent beach closings.

    The Seashore hosts about 90 pairs of plovers during the summer season.

    The poisoning plan calls for scientists to place avicide-tainted chicken eggs in plover nesting areas that crows regularly monitor.

    The pilot project will be from March through May at Duck Harbor and Bound Brook beaches in Wellfleet. U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists will handle the poison, with help from Seashore officials. The Seashore estimates that a dozen crows will die during the experiment.

    Among the opponents is Provincetown resident Polly Burnell, who suggested the second option — using already-dead crows as deterrents — at a recent public meeting.

    Burnell said yesterday she thinks poisoning the crows is “cruel” and that the avicide can harm owls. The owls could eat a crow after it has consumed the poison, she said. She learned on the Internet about the use of already-dead crows to protect terns in southern California. The dead crows could come from animal shelters, wild animal care centers or labs, she said.

    “I understand completely why they need to do it, but I’m glad they’re thinking about alternatives,” said Burnell, adding that she has been in contact with Seashore scientist Robert Cook.

    “It’s a great opportunity to try it out. I’m glad they’re following through on it.”

    Price cautioned that the conditions in southern California are different from those in the Seashore. For example, the terns were surrounded by a chain-link fence to keep out other predators interested in eating the dead crows found at the nests, he said.

    But Cook and his staff are looking into ways to mimic the southern California technique in the Seashore environment, he said.end qoute… so tell me do you think this is right they can choose what to do with nature???

  19. #20 by TATSCRU LOFT on April 8, 2010 - 4:20 pm

    PETA’s Lame Response
    We’ll say this much for PETA’s leaders: they’ve got an answer for everything. If you write to PETA and ask them about our “PETA Kills Animals” website, they’ll send back a form letter including some of the lame excuses below:

    “Thank you for contacting PETA about the ‘PETA Kills Animals’ billboard and the accompanying promotions for it … PETA can’t afford billboards in Times Square, so we’re grateful for the opportunity that this one provides to discuss the animal overpopulation crisis.”

    PETA’s lying. The organization has erected not one but two Times Square billboards (one in 1997 and another in 2003), both featuring silicone beauty Pamela Anderson. Click here and here to see PETA’s own promotional materials about these advertisements. And PETA’s annual budget is over $25 million. That’s about seven times what the Center for Consumer Freedom spends.

    “We do not run a traditional shelter. In fact, we refer every healthy, cute, young animal we can to shelters.”

    Uh oh. There they go again. In 2003 PETA reported transferring exactly one animal to another shelter. In 2002 PETA transferred just two animals. Click here to see the documents PETA filed with the state of Virginia. Since 1998, PETA has transferred a total of 130 animals to other shelters, and 21 of them were chickens. By comparison, it killed over 10,000 animals.

    “[M]ost of the animals we receive are broken beings for whom euthanasia is, without a doubt, the most humane option.”

    PETA kills 85 percent of the animals it takes in, and finds adoptive homes for just 14 percent. By contrast, the Norfolk SPCA, whose shelter is located less than 4 miles from PETA’s headquarters, found adoptive homes for 73 percent of its animals in 2003. It’s rather hard to believe that the animals entrusted to PETA are any more likely to be “broken beings.” Dana Cheek, the former (and most recent) director of the Norfolk SPCA, wrote to us recently:

    I often receive phone calls from frantic people who have surrendered their pets to PETA with the understanding that PETA will “find them a good home.” Many of them are led to believe that the animals will be taken to a nearby shelter. Little do they know that the pets are killed in the PETA van before they even pull away from the pet owner’s home … PETA refuses to surrender animals they obtain to area shelters for rehoming. If only the celebrity “deep-pocket” donors on the west coast knew that their donations were going to kill adoptable cats and dogs here in Norfolk.
    PETA talks a good game about caring for animals, but seems uninterested in saving the only creatures it actually has contact with. If PETA were sincere, it could use its incredible wealth to buy a huge plot of land where its thousands of victims could live out their natural lives. Instead, these animals meet PETA’s hypocrisy head-on, in the form of “tough love.”

  20. #21 by Petracek Loft on April 8, 2010 - 3:54 pm

    http://www.petakillsanimals.com/
    Ok this is what was suposed to come up.
    Crazy Pete

  21. #22 by Petracek Loft on April 8, 2010 - 3:51 pm

    http://www.activistcash.com/orgahttp://www.activistcash.com/organization_blackeye.cfm/oid/21nization_blackeye.cfm/oid/21
    I dont have a lot to say about PETA, but I think this says it all.
    Crazy Pete

  22. #23 by brian on April 8, 2010 - 1:18 pm

    this so called org peta can come to my lofts anytime to see the miss reated birds i have they live better than the kids.haha

  23. #24 by TATSCRU LOFT on April 8, 2010 - 12:27 pm

    little something i bet all of us have went and posted in the the PETA site but we are not getting a chance to post anything good about the hobbie so i took it upon myself to write this to them i like to know what you think!!!
    “with all do respect i like to know why I’ve posted a couple of comments on this “PETA” website and i have yet to see any of my post up!! i see that us “pigeons flyers, are not getting the chance to be hear on this site bet that if i was to post something negative about the sport you will post it. but since you know that we are caring pigeon fanciers, we dont get the chance to speak our mind. so where is the fairness of this debate???.. so why have a “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” and it not bad this we pigeon fanciers post!!

  24. #25 by Don Campbell on April 8, 2010 - 10:01 am

    well I have a big problem with peta and they attack any killing of animals How about abortion peta members are for that but any animal with no sole their for, however humans have soles. Whats wrong with their minds choosing animals over humans?????

    • #26 by Tom on April 8, 2010 - 10:46 am

      Great comment, Don. Some day I would like to see a survey among the animal rights wackos and see how many of them feel abortion is OK but killing animals for any reason is not.

  25. #27 by charles smith on April 8, 2010 - 7:43 am

    Peta is a covert movement supported by ill-informed do-gooders. They couldn`t care less about animals or birds. This is only a platform for promoting their hidden agendas. Wake up, people!!!

  26. #28 by dursum dzafic on April 8, 2010 - 7:07 am

    god loved the birds and invented trees man loved the birds and invented cages

  27. #29 by Hemant on April 8, 2010 - 6:29 am

    well i think that we just ignore all this PETA thing and go about our own business…
    that is raising and taking care of our beloved birds…. Let those people shout and they will shut up by themselves after a while……
    In my India, there is a say…. Dogs bark and the Elephant walks ignoring them…
    let us consider our selves as elephant and let the dogs bark…

  28. #30 by Koos Botha on April 8, 2010 - 3:55 am

    Pigeon fanciers are caring people. We love our birds and spend thousands of Rands on them in a year, so we look after tehm with love and respect. this is a true family sport where you spend most of your time at home with the birds and the family. I started pigeon racing when my daughter was 9 years old because she wanted to look after pigeons and care for them. this turned my daughter into a person that love nature and care for all kind of animals. She married and moved out of the house now i introduce my grandson to the pigeons and he start loving them.
    I know we sometimes have losses or poor returns due to some or other mishap on the road, but I dont know fanciers that deliberately send birds to racing points to get rid of them.
    Remember we spent hours planning how we will breed to improve our birds and the only way to test this is to race them. We want to see results from our breeding plans and therefore we make sure that every pigeon basketed have more than fair chance to come home and win.
    I think the SPCA in South Africa is more supporting and understanding of our pigeon sport than PETA.
    This is the sport of Kings and gentlemen, lets remember that we breed them to compete, without competing they are worthless.

  29. #31 by Loft 2968 on April 8, 2010 - 2:19 am

    Its unfair to all of us about PETA declaration, they should remember that when Noah released the pigeon after 40 days of raining, it’s the only animal who search if theres a land and Noah got his answer..Now who’s telling that pigeon sports are dirty, blahblah…PETA doesn’t know anything in the sport of racing pigeon on how we fanciers spend time to look at our pigeons. It’s involve our entire family member and friends. I have a nephew where i introduce him to the sport of pigeon and now he loves the sport and he motivated with the sport. He now know how to save money and time for his pigeons. He don’t play anymore computer games, which for me is bad for children. PETA whats the different between horse racing and Pigeon Sport racing? Do you know that both are the same…both are spending time and money for the sport. Both animal treated very and gave attention and focus..PETA get a mirror and look at yourself then ask question to your self , What if i’ll try the sports of pigeon? What would i get from it? How does it feel when I won a race? How’s family and friends reaction? Do i really care for the animals? Did i protected the animals welfare or just for the money to get attention of the viewers and sponsors? P-eople E-dangering T-he A-nimal in the universe.

  30. #32 by Tony Harte on April 8, 2010 - 2:10 am

    I have been in the hobby of pigeon racing for over twenty years. I love my pigeons and care for these athletes of the sky. I have to ensure that they are in perfect health, as like any athlete they will not be able to perform unless they are completely fit. The pigeons carry less germs and are less of a threat than the parrot species, plus are not prone to avian flu!. Taking care of your loved feathered friends is a vwery rewarding hobby, it helps to teach children responsibility, it is affordable for the majority and I am expecting to actively participate in the sport until the end of my days. That cannot be said for many sports and so children, pensioners, families alike can socialise and enjoy this wonderful pastime. remember there is no such thing as vermin, unless it is in the wrong place at the wrong time. I thank God for pigeons and the help they contributed in returning messages during the second world war. Also because of their acute eyesight, they are used to help spot survivors at sea, from aircarft. Anyone who wants to put these down, needs to have there heads examined!

  31. #33 by TATSCRU LOFT on April 7, 2010 - 11:19 pm

    Hi just to tell you some thing that are not just about making money in the sport it about change and saving lives here is my story about my life with pigeon flying. Hi my name is Alex Cruz Well it started when I was about 15yrs old in 1983 in The South Bronx, N.Y. I live on a 5th floor buliding and I had 8 tipplets on a window coop. As I got older I had a chance to put a coop on the roof 8′X8′ with a screen size of 8′X8′ holding a total of 254 print canadian tipplets high flyers 4,5 hours on the wing on a good day they wouldn’t be seen for hours on end they just fly, but then as time passed I seen a good friend of mines get killed, he was my partner with the pigeons”BertoLucci” was his name shortly after he stop flying pigeons he dealing drugs and went to jail, he told me that their is nothing like freedom, once he came out of jail he got back into pigeon took kids from the streets and help them out with pigeons and help them build a little coop on the windows or the rooftops. This man did not get a T.V.show but he changed the life of many kids in The South Bronx. and for this sport i will live and will help out anyone! that wants to get into the sport and it not all about the money, its about the love of the hobby! RIP Berolucci

  32. #34 by Nick Demas on April 7, 2010 - 10:49 pm

    PETA, extreme exremists. We don’t need them in our sport. They will only cause damage to our plight. The true fancier treats his birds as good as family or better.

    But Iron Mike Tyson to represent the sport? I don’t think so. The man has been accused and found guilty of rape,spousal abuse,assaulting others, and Bitting a piece of a mans ear off in the boxing ring and on national television!!!! I just don’t think this is the man for representing the sport. Is this the best we can do?

    Nick

  33. #35 by frank on April 7, 2010 - 8:06 pm

    ONCE AGAIN THE PETA IS OUT TO CLAIM ANOTHER VICTORY AND IN MOST CASES ALL THEY WANT IS TO HAVE THEIR NAME IN PRINT. I AM SURE THERE ARE FLYERS THAT ARE NOT AS KEEN AND DO NOT PUT THE PROPER TIME AND RESPECT INTO THEIR BIRDS BUT IN 99 PERCENT OF THE CASES THE BIRDS ARE LOOKED AFTER WITH THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR THE BIRDS. WHEN YOU HAVE HAD THE BIRDS FOR 50 YEARS AS I HAVE HAD AND NEVER MISSED AYEAR OF RACING THERE IS TRUE LOVE OF THE SPORT THAT STARTED WHEN IWAS 11 YEARS OLD . IF THE KIDS OF TODAY WOULD EMBRACE SUCH A SPORT YOU MAY FIND WE WOULD HAVE LESS PROBLEMS WITH THE YOUTH OF TODAY . INSTEAD OF CONDEMMING THE SPORT THE GOVERMENT SHOULD LOOK AT SUPPORTING IT . IF THEY ALLOW THE PETA TO GET A HAND IN THE DOOR THEY MAY CREATE PROBLEMS FOR OUR GREAT SPORT. IN MOST CASES THE PEOPLE THAT ARE ALWAYS TRYING TO SHUT US DOWN HAVE NO IDEA THE DEPTH OF THE SPORT OF PIGEON RACING . THE PETA SEE ONE PROBLEM AND ARE WILLING TO CONDEM EVERYONE ,I HAVE ALWAYS SAID WHEN YOU ARE A PIGEON FLYER YOU HAVE TO TAKE 2 STEPS FORWARD AND ONE BACK. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR EACH AND EVERY FLYER TO EDUCATE HIS NEIGHBOURS AND TREAT THEM AS HE WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED OTHERWISE ANY HEADLINES THAT THIS TYSON THING BRINGS OUT WILL ALSO GET THE ATTENTION OF ALL YOUR NEIGHBOURS GOOD AND BAD .
    I HOPE COOL HEADS PREVALE AND THIS TV PROGRAM CAN SHOW THE GOOD SIDE OF OUR SPORT

    FRANK

  34. #36 by winston on April 7, 2010 - 6:12 pm

    PETA SHOULD LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF RACING PIGEONS THIES BIRDS GIVE THEM THE FREEDOM TO TALK THAT CRAP TODAY BY FLYING IN TWO WORLD WARS SAVING MANY MEN LIVES.

  35. #37 by dursum dzafic on April 7, 2010 - 4:26 pm

    i have pigeons for long time i care for pigeons like for my son notihing difrences the pigeons is like my famly i clean pigeons cage bether then somebody clean house

  36. #38 by keith wales uk on April 7, 2010 - 4:09 pm

    people just dont understand how much effort goes into this sport/hobby and the work required by both pigeon and fancier.and what beautiful and brave creatures they are.fantastic website keep up the good work.

  37. #39 by Cobie on April 7, 2010 - 4:06 pm

    I went through this at work and many places that I went to, so how did I deal with this, is I asked them what hobbies or sports that they were interested in and I said negative things as to why? or what do you get out of it. People that save cards I ask ,what 2 cards do you put together to get other cards,or basketball where you have your head moving right and then left watching the players trying to get the ball in the ring, I say why don’t they lower the basket to about 4 feet high so every one has a chance. Race cars,I say what do you get out of it? you just watch the cars going around circles. Where in pigeon racing I have my own birds to race in a short or long distance races.

  38. #40 by terry , area13loft on April 7, 2010 - 3:09 pm

    i raised ,breed ,and showed ,AM STAFF,S (PIT BULLS )for 27 yrs, every animal in the world has there fancers, cats, dogs,horses, etc. AN THEN THEY HAVE peta, well any ways, you all know how it iS ,, if you have some thing someone else doesnt they just have to complain ,and when that dont work thay accuse becouse thatsall they know .i real dont race ,ive sent acouple of babys out just to see ,uknow ,but fist their my pets,one day theyll figure out how to keep me from hunting bambi, i real think peta stands for ( PEOPLE ENDANGERING THE ANIMALLOVERS !!! )

  39. #41 by Lee on April 7, 2010 - 1:20 pm

    Racing has been around for a long time. Horses are trained and race them for sport. The owners love them, and care for them with love. Yes sometimes one will get hurt and is put down. That is part of the sport and the owners do not enjoy doing that but it is the humane thing to do. I had seen many animal lovers that race animals’ dogs, turtles, donkey just to name a few. Bird racing is a sport that is not taken lightly, it is vary rewarding. We enjoy talking to other fanciers and learning from them and networking across the world not just the US. The US military used pigeons during war and many birds saved hundreds of lives, they are heroes. The men that took care of them loved them and I for one am glad they helped us out when we needed them. Pigeons have been used for thousands of years from wars to Kings communicating with other lands. It would be terrible for this to be stopped. I love my birds and love the history of them. Keep them in the air, our loving feathered friends

    • #42 by Tom on April 8, 2010 - 10:41 am

      They even have camel races in the Middle East.

  40. #43 by Timothy on April 7, 2010 - 10:52 am

    PETA needs to get their facts straight…The good racing birds love to race, and have been domesticated by humans for thousands of years to just fly the distance to want to come home. The idea they are killed if they are not good enough is not true at all (many birds that fanciers have are very special, even if they don’t perform!).

    Like others have mentioned, PETA have no right to just assume that they know what pigeon racing is. They just wanted to create attention thats all.

    • #44 by Gregory Brooks on April 7, 2010 - 8:45 pm

      Also- a comment inspired by Timothy’s message- regarding culling- I have always bred from the best birds in my loft while trying to introduce better genes from outside. But I don’t have to kill the birds I don’t breed- they can make awesome parents feeders and pets. It is important that we don’t over-breed and over-crowd our lofts. I’ve said elsewhere, fellas, we need to police our own! If you know a guy who loses birds and won’t go get them when they’re found elsewhere by someone else- understand that guy has ruined YOUR reputation. What are you going to do about it? Keep a beautiful, clean, healthy loft. Love and respect your birds- the rest will take care of itself. (Maybe)

  41. #45 by Tom on April 7, 2010 - 10:15 am

    PETA – People Eating Tasty Animals.

  42. #46 by Gene Miller on April 7, 2010 - 9:45 am

    PETA is a listed international terrorist organization by most governments, including the U.S.A. The only way they should be considered is as a threat. They are a threat, not only to the sport of racing pigeons but your well-being as well. No one is safe from PETA’s attacks as long as people care for animals of any kind.

    That being said, our focus should be to extole the virtures of our sport and how it improves the overall health of the community in which we live. Young people who keep pigeons are far less likely to become criminals. Our sport requires us to be active, both physically and mentally. Such active people are more likely to be a benefit to the community. Our sport brings to the community a better connection with the natural environment. There too many virtues to list in a single paragraph.

  43. #47 by Bret on April 7, 2010 - 9:03 am

    I love PETA! But not because I agree in any way, shape or form with their agenda. I love what they do because they proclaim from the rooftops what the HSUS and ASPCA whisper in private. Make no mistake, ALL of these organizations are on the same page: the eventual absolute and total ban on ownership of any kind of animal for any purpose. They are vegans and enviro extremists who will work until their dying breath to see all of us vegetarians and only wild, non-domesticated animals in the world. When the “animal movement” began here in the U.S. in earnest, the term was “animal welfare.” That term has now been totally replaced as “animal rights.” All normal, decent animal owners are animal welfarists, people who believe their animals should be treated well and their needs provided for but animal rights extremists believe animals should be on the same level as humans and entitled to all of the same rights and privileges given to humans. PETA makes no bones about their agenda so listen closely to what they say. They are speaking for ALL of the animal rights groups.

    • #48 by Gregory Brooks on April 7, 2010 - 8:30 pm

      Reply to Gene-
      Very interesting! You made me stop and think for a minute. I grew up on a farm in the woods in Connecticut USA. I ate chickens, geese, sheep and corn, apples, honey and vegetables grown from the dirt God allowed us to inhabit. My father was very much interested in animal husbandry and we were our own vets, breeders, and muckers. Yeah we had horses too. Maybe it should be illegal. I hate the fact that dolphins die in tuna nets and Japanese, Russians and Norwegians still “harvest” whales from the sea. I take it as my personal responsibility that no animal suffers or lives in fear, humiliation, pain and hunger in my sight, but I love flying my pigeons. I always will. It may be my last day when some poor fool tries to make that their business. Yup- that might be it. I served in submarines and later in the Army National Guard so communists and fascists could rule my once brave republic. I guess it’s a race between Big Brother and cancer. Bring it. I don’t give a ____.

      • #49 by Gregory Brooks on April 7, 2010 - 8:35 pm

        Sorry, that was Bret’s comment that got me writing- not Gene’s. I’ve witnessed the positive effects on the human spirit from interacting with non-human species. Is there ANYTHING more amazing than a bird?

  44. #50 by mario on April 7, 2010 - 8:36 am

    PETA, you are so obvious that you really dont know the pigeon racing sports and you dont know how to care the bird, may be you are one of the many many people who do not love pet or bird.
    why dont try to get in that kind of sport and then you say what kinf of pet lover you are..

  45. #51 by sTACY "bubba' wILSON on April 7, 2010 - 8:26 am

    YOU BETTER WAKE-UP!!!!!! Fought gamecocks for 28 years till liberal bleeding hearts got involved and shut down the sport state by state by state. I’ve been telling people for the last five years it’s coming to our sport but nobody listens. They just want a cause to raise money and we give them all kinds of wood to burn just look at your Pigeon Digest if you were one of them and you will see if not when you lose another sport you were just another helper of peta ans nhs

  46. #52 by Tom Makowecki on April 7, 2010 - 8:03 am

    There are not many sports that can bring you closer to God and nature. The pigeon/dove position in the bible and human history is as close as any and in recorded times. Their benefit and usefulness to society has been reduced and now some wish it to disappear altogether. The sport has given me many hours, many years of entertainment and appreciation for God/nature and the way it operates.
    Some orgs like PETA want to rewrite the rules of nature……..but it is a misguided dream to think that nature can be changed that much.

    • #53 by TATSCRU LOFT on April 9, 2010 - 10:10 am

      hiya Tom just wanna let you know i used you Quote!!

  47. #54 by stephen on April 7, 2010 - 7:40 am

    PETA WHO DO THEY THINK THEY ARE,this unjust and unfounded attack on us pigeon fanciers is madness,how can they say pigeons are mistreated and dirty when most if not all are provided with the best feed and meds we can afford which are of a very high standerd.this attack is just about publicity but there must be a better way of going about it, than draging the names of us fanciers through the mud.

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