On a Wing and a Prayer: Pigeons’ Cross-Channel Ordeal Saddens Dame Vera

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Dame Vera LynnDame 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 from their mates and forcing them to fly, exhausted, across the vast Channel is an utterly cruel pastime”, she explains.  “With hundreds of thousands of birds lost at sea each year, the Channel has become a veritable bird graveyard for these forgotten heroes.”

Tens of thousands of birds are shipped to the continent each year in appalling conditions before being forced to fly almost 1,500 kilometres in a punishing journey home. Most of the pigeons don’t make it. They die of exhaustion along the way, crashing into the Channel, and never get to see the white cliffs of Dover again or be reunited with their loved ones.

For anyone with a heart, pigeon racing is an affront to national pride. Please join Dame Vera in taking a stand against this truly callous industry, which makes millions of pounds each year from abusing birds. Contact Defra and ask it to put a stop to this so-called “sport”. Take Action Now



  • Cynthia Powell commented on March 29, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I’m with Vera Lynn on this subject. Abhorrent activity – and for what gain exactly?

  • mrs lynn keane commented on March 29, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    stop abusing these pigeons in the name of sport

  • mandy french commented on March 29, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    stop this cruelty to other living beings!

  • Fergus Elley commented on April 10, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Check out my blog at ferguspigeonman.wordpress.com for a more accurate account of pigeon racing.

    I hope that you don’t block your comments like PETA have on Youtube. What happened to free speech there!!

    When you get to my site, read the post titled ‘One step closer to the grave for PETA, or just another brick in the wall!’

    Cheers, fergie, nz.

    • Dan commented on April 10, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Hi Fergus,

      I run the YouTube account and I can say that no comments have been blocked. Perhaps you are mistaken or your comment was considered SPAM by Youtube itself.

      Thanks for promoting our video with your blog post.


  • Fergus Elley commented on April 10, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Good to know Dan, I’m very pleased that you have replied and look forwards to your site requesting a very similar article to the one on my blog i.e. to publish on peta.org.uk site.

    After all free speech is the name of the game, ain’t it!

    Did you enjoy my posted response to PETA’s video?

    Did it make sense?

    I would not say that I am promoting your video. What I intend to promote is animal and especially bird loving and welfare in a balanced, truthful style of reporting.

    PETA needs to get their facts right in this case.

    I will check the Youtube site again and if I can’t post, as there’s none showing for a week i.e. still only 32 responses last time that I looked, like 5 hours ago, then I’ll put together a response video highlighting the inaccuracies and use of deception in the petauk graveyard race video.

    You must realise Dan that animal welfare is not actually a game and we must all work together around the world to help animals and birds and overlook our differences and ideologies, otherwise PETA is just seen as akin to ‘a bunch of religious, the lights aren’t on upstairs nutters”.

    Kind regards, fergie.

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