Ok. This story caught me completely by surprise. It seems there are people who breed pigeons called roller pigeons to
“carry a genetic trait that causes them to stop flying and tumble in the air before righting themselves and carrying on. These “roller pigeons” are flown in competitions and scored by judges who rate the birds on the quality of the “roll” and other factors. Of course, the pigeon rolling through the air looks like crippled and vulnerable prey to a hawk, falcon, or other bird of prey. Many of these pigeon enthusiasts have been routinely killing raptors in an attempt to protect their roller pigeons.”
I got this from an Audubon Society alert. Even though the issue was first raised almost a year ago, these “hobbyists” are still killing raptors.
Seriously guys…what makes it ok for you to breed these flight-challenged birds that naturally attract raptors and then kill the raptors so you can have your sport? This is so reprehensible. For your sake, I pray there is no afterlife where raptors get to decide your fate.
Sheesh! I think some of us have waaaay too much time on our hands. I’ve seen raptors in flight and even up close. These are beautiful birds that deserve to be protected from this bizarre sport. Look…I’m all for sports, but this is just unbelievably cruel and unnecessary.
Please ask your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor HR 4093, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act Penalty and Enforcement Act of 2007 to ensure raptors and other migratory birds are given adequate protection.