Pigeons dying in Channel races
IT'S 70 years since D-Day and now we find that intelligent, gentle pigeons, which were the first to relay messages of the successful Normandy landings, are being hurt and killed for 'sport' by releasing them on the continent to take their chances crossing the English Channel.
A recent People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA) investigation revealed the deaths of tens of thousands of these heroic little birds every year, with many dying from exhaustion.
Pigeons too slow to win purses are often suffocated or gassed. This is a despicable way to treat the forgotten heroes of two world wars, which is why PETA and the forces' sweetheart, Dame Vera Lynn, has called for cross-channel pigeon racing to be banned.