The Bengals Take On the Pigeons

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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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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind