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Urge the Attorney General to Investigate Cruel and Unlawful Pigeon Races!

PETA has just released a 15-month undercover investigation—spanning five states—into some of the largest pigeon-racing operations in the U.S. PETA documented massive casualties of birds during races and training, discovered rampant deliberate killing of the birds and abusive training and racing methods, and exposed a multimillion-dollar illegal gambling industry.

We need you to urge the attorney general to investigate these cruel and unlawful pigeon races now!

Pigeons, who are fiercely loyal mates and parents as well as complex problem solvers, will do their best to fly hundreds of miles to get back to their families. Gamblers exploit these qualities and purposely separate pigeons from their hatchlings and mates so that they will fly home as quickly as they can. But even if pigeons make it to their final destination, they are often killed after the racing season ends. Birds who aren't considered fast enough and aren't wanted for breeding are typically "culled"— killed by suffocation, drowning, neck-breaking, or decapitation.

PETA discovered that pigeon racing generates an estimated $15 million a year in illegal gambling proceeds and involves felony violations of federal gambling, racketeering, and tax-evasion laws. Read more about our investigation into the pigeon-racing industry, and take action now.

Please take a moment to speak up for birds and write to Attorney General Eric Holder. Urge him to take action to stop cruel and unlawful pigeon races. And please share this on Facebook to encourage your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers to help, too.

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