this is my response from peta... i responded back but did it on my blackberry so i cant post it...
Dear Mr. DeRouen,
Thank you for contacting PETA regarding Mike Tyson’s new television series, Taking On Tyson, and the callous “sport” of pigeon racing. To read about our thoughts on Tyson and his show, please visit http://www.PETA.org/b/thepetafiles/archive...on/default.aspx
We oppose the entire industry of pigeon racing, just as we oppose horse racing, dog racing, and other forms of “entertainment” in which animals are forced to participate. We are speaking up about this show because Tyson has chosen to make himself the figurehead of this often deadly sport.
Pigeons who are forced to race are taken hundreds of miles away from their mates and chicks. Handlers trick female pigeons by giving them plastic eggs before races to make them desperate to return to the roost. These techniques exploit pigeons’ natural loyalty to their mates and dedication to their young. Many birds die when they are forced to race through storms or are attacked by predators, such as hawks. The ones who must land because of injury, exhaustion, or inclement weather often starve to death because they are unable to survive in the wild. Many birds never return from races. The American Racing Pigeon Union disclosed that at a 2010 race in Oklahoma City, more than 800 pigeons—60 percent of the total number entered—did not return from training flights or the race itself. Only 462 of the 1,354 pigeons originally entered returned. The rest died and/or went missing.
Pigeons who manage to make it all the way home but fail to beat their competitors’ times are usually killed for their failure and to make room for younger birds who are more lucrative. Most owners slaughter the majority of their pigeons at the end of the racing season, rather than paying to care for the birds in the off-season. Culling methods include breaking or wringing birds’ necks, gassing them, drowning them, and selling them to live-poultry markets. Tyson has stated in interviews that he tries not to become attached to his birds and that he prefers breeder pigeons because he can just breed more when the others inevitably suffer injuries or die.
Animal Planet should not be glamorizing this cruel “sport,” which depends on illegal gambling to exist. It should stick to animal-friendly shows like Whale Wars and Animal Cops, not a show about subjecting birds to injuries, exhaustion, and death.
To learn more about how animals suffer when they are used for entertainment, please go to http://www.PETA.org/issues/Animals-In-Ente...nt/default.aspx
. For tips on how you can get active to help these animals, visit http://www.PETA.org/action/default.aspx
needless to say i laid in to them after this about my love for alligator, beef, pork and seafoods.... we'll see what the response is... lol...