PETA Protests Tyson's Pigeon Show

But, for once, the boxer seems like the nice guy in the situation
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2010 8:20 AM CDT
PETA Protests Tyson's Pigeon Show
Mike Tyson meets up with a pigeon fancier Horace Potts, of Bloxwich, Walsall, West Midlands on November 18, 2005 in Walsall, England.   (Getty Images)

Shocking, we know: PETA isn’t happy about Mike Tyson’s upcoming pigeon racing reality show. The animal rights organization wants the Animal Planet show canceled, calling it “cruel” and insisting it’s all about gambling, not the birds. “That’s why people do it, to make money,” a rep says. “The birds often end up lost in storms, being injured, or just becoming so exhausted that they're unable to fly.”

PETA wants the DA to look into the show, but an Animal Planet rep tells the New York Daily News no gambling is planned. Not to mention, Adrian Chen points out, the 2008 documentary Tyson reveals the fact that “the reason Mike Tyson became Mike Tyson was basically to protect all pigeons in the world from harm,” he writes on Gawker. “He sounds like freaking Batman for the pigeon set”—so let him have his show. (More Mike Tyson stories.)

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