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The Bengals Take On the Pigeons

Written by PETA | October 1, 2007

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The Cincinnati Bengals are going to have their hands full tonight taking on the unbeatable New England Patriots. But apparently the folks at Cincinnati’s Paul Brown stadium are more concerned about pigeon droppings this week than they are about Tom Brady shredding their defense or Bill Belichick stealing their signs. In fact, the pigeon situation has gotten The Bengals so worked up that they sent a letter to the City Manager’s office asking that they be allowed “to shoot pigeons at Paul Brown Stadium with an air actuated pellet rifle.” I don’t want to be too alarmist here, but if this is the way Cincinnati deals with all their problems, the Pats are going to have a lot more to worry about tonight than just Ocho Cinco.

As soon as we were tipped off to Bengal Stadium’s cruel pigeon-control “solution,” PETA sent an urgent letter to Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, asking the city to reject the Bengals’ request and consider one of the many humane alternatives available instead. The good news is that the city immediately responded by telling Paul Brown Stadium’s manager that he needs to get his finger off the trigger and start actually trying some sensible pigeon-control methods first. We’re keeping our eye on the situation, and we’ve offered to help the team with developing some humane solutions to their problem that are actually going to work. I’ll let you know how it all goes.

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  • www.peta.org says:

    The Bengals Take On the Pigeons.. He-he-he :)

  • Russell says:

    even if pigeons were flying rats so what? I don’t think we should kill rats either crawling flying or swimming so you can call them what you want just dont shoot them

  • Guy says:

    these comment make me laugh … some of them are very funny. This website is like free comedy haha

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter says:

    I think the greatest thing a pigeon has done for our country is to shit on George Bush’s head during one of his speeches in the Rose Garden. These birds are very bright and they are for the greater good. They hurt no one leave them alone….. Maher and Newkirk 2008

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter says:

    As we have learned football player’s are not the sharpest tool in the shed far far from it. Nothing like a bunch of fools with guns shooting at the birds in a football field WTF. What a group of idiots. Complete morons.

  • Steve Castleberry says:

    Pigeons are overpopulated. Fire away !!!

  • Jake B says:

    well if they aren’t flying rats why not let the elderly knock them in the head and have pigeon pie. at least that is what one elderly lady was doing in a park. put out the bread crumbs and have protein. don’t they also call it squab?

  • PAF says:

    pigeons are onlye illegal aliens whom poop and squat where ever but they do eat our crumbs.

  • J says:

    Pigeons are disgusting creatures and if you hate people so much you should kill yourself and quit adding to the population problem.

  • Robert Kirsch says:

    Pigeons are not flying rats. That’s the human opinion. Humans aren’t very smart people if you haven’t noticed. If we all believed what people said about us we would be in sad shape. I love all living creatures esspecially pigeons who always seem to get a bad rap because of ignorance!!

  • Pamela Locke says:

    Please don’t shoot the pigeons Bengals. C’mon what are guys Barbarions.Show all your fans and little kid’s that there is a humane way to deal with this. Don’t go the Vick way.Please do not shoot at innocent birds who have no way to fight back or defend themselves.

  • Compton says:

    Its a pigeon who cares

  • Jake B says:

    pigeons are flying rats

  • The Good Steve says:

    I’m impressed that the city is looking at alternatives. Pigeons are actually very cool birds but they do have a tendency to poop as we all do. Nice letter Stephanie!

  • Canaduck says:

    Great job PETA. It’s time people realized that shooting pigeons isn’t just cruel but ineffective as a result of their breeding habits. I wrote a letter to these guys too.

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