Pigeon-Racing Investigation Prompts Unprecedented Police Raid in Taiwan

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Pigeon raidEarlier this year, the results of PETA US’ undercover investigation into Taiwan’s callous pigeon-racing industry made headlines around the world. Now, it’s made history, by prompting the first-ever mega-raid by police on pigeon racing in Taiwan.

Agents from the Criminal Investigation Bureau last week searched the office of the Greater Kaohsiung Zhongzheng Pigeon Society and froze millions of dollars in assets. Police also detained three employees on charges of violating Taiwan’s animal-protection law and illegal gambling.

pigeon finalThis move is likely to have a huge impact on the upcoming winter pigeon-racing season in Taiwan and may help save countless birds from terrifying deaths at sea. It’s a promising step forward for compassion!

Here’s some background information:

  • Taiwan’s pigeon-racing industry is the cruellest, deadliest and most crime-ridden in the world.
  • Millions of animals die every year from exhaustion, get swept away in storms or are killed by racers for being too slow.
  • In many races, less than 1 per cent of the birds survive.
  • Large illegal wagers fuel this multibillion-dollar industry.
  • The UK’s Royal Pigeon Racing Association actively promotes the sale of British “racing pigeons” to China and Taiwan.

The British pigeon-racing industry is hardly any better than Taiwan’s. Birds forced to fly in gruelling cross-Channel races of up to 900 miles rarely survive – some races have a 90 per cent death rate. Those who do make it back are often “rewarded” by having their necks broken or being gassed with car exhaust, because they’re not deemed profitable enough.

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  • dorothy bothwell commented on October 28, 2014 at 11:43 am

    What a dreadful ‘sport’ this is. Please stop.

  • Sammyi Brown commented on October 28, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Wasting a life for YOUR pleasure??? And you have no quilt…

  • Selma Akkus commented on October 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    This cruelty needs to stop!!!!

  • Pam Bryan commented on October 28, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Please stop this horrible abuse

  • Sonya Easey commented on October 28, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Stop this cruel act!!

  • pirkko willberg commented on October 28, 2014 at 12:25 pm


  • Lynsey lawton commented on October 28, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    In my defence, I think pigeon racing is disgusting. How humans can do this to innocent little birds that are so defenceless and confused. I support PETA as much as I possibly can and I hate seeing all these poor babies confused, pained and defenceless. Please stop the pigeon-racing. WE are speaking out for THEM who cannot communicate with us. LET THEM BE FREE. YOU ARE RUINING NATURE!

  • jasprit mangat commented on October 29, 2014 at 4:29 am

    stop this cruelty.

  • jasprit mangat commented on October 29, 2014 at 4:30 am

    stop this cruelty as life,health,safety and happy living in natural habitat of every animal and bird is as important as of a human being.

  • PARTHENA commented on October 30, 2014 at 10:56 am


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