March 23, 2010

PETA vs Mike Tyson

Posted: 11:41 AM ET


Looks like PETA has stepped into the ring with boxer Mike Tyson: On March 18, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to prosecutors in New York City requesting that they investigate Tyson's new pigeon-racing Animal Planet reality show, which will film in Brooklyn.

The animal rights organization hopes prosecutors will look out for illegal activity "in connection with pigeon is likely that extensive wagering will take place on the outcome of these races, as it customary in the industry."

But there is a bigger motivation behind PETA's protesting - the organization also claims the reality show, tentatively called "Taking on Tyson," might be cruel to its animal subjects.

"One wonders whether Mike Tyson - as a self-appointed ambassador of and 'rookie' to pigeon racing - realizes that just as losing racehorses end up in the glue factory, these gentle, loyal birds who race their hearts out in order to get home to their life mates often become lost in storms or have their necks wrung for failing to beat their competitors' time," PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk, said in a statement. "Animal Planet needs more programs like "Whale Wars" and "Animal Cops" in which people go to bat for animals and fewer programs that showcase cruelty and profiteering at animals' expense." (Calls to Tyson's rep have not yet been returned.)


Filed under: Entertainment • Mike Tyson • PETA

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Myron   March 23rd, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Somebody tell PETA to go to hell. This man raised pigeons as a child, and were the only thing he loved and loved him. He loved these birds more than people, and were essential to his existence in the face of a very troubled childhood. PETA, sometimes you're just stupid. This is one of those times.

Verna Davis   March 24th, 2010 9:57 am ET

Hello Larry, I watched your show last night and you stated that Senator McCain said he was not going to pass anything this year. My question is, Why is he drawing a paycheck? The taxpayers sent him to Washington to do a job for the people. I feel if he has stated he was not going to pass anything this year, again why is he receiving a paycheck? I find this appauling. What if we go to work and tell our boss that we are not going to do our job for the rest of the year, we would be fired immediately. I feel Senator McCain need to explain that statement to the taxpapers.

Gregory Smith   March 24th, 2010 11:58 am ET

With respect to last nights show how can a reputable news network have a guest on Larry King Live in the person of Stephan Baldwin? It was outrageous and insulting to listen to Mr. Baldwin call the President of the United States a "liar". I respect is right to a opinion and his right to disagree, but to call the President a "liar" is inappropriate and shameful. I have watched CNN for many years and I have always respected the networks standard of having guests being well informed and intelligent, Mr. Baldwin does not fit that criteria.

CHM   March 24th, 2010 12:01 pm ET

People who are treating pigeons as pets might want to educate themselves on pigeon breeder's lung. They might be wise to select another pet and leave pigeons to their natural habitat.

Loft Manager   April 20th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

The Queen of England has racing pigeons and i dont see any body starting BS with her and O CHM if you just spent one day in a loft and saw how much money was involved in the sport YOU yourself would be interested in it. They used them in WWII and they are a amazing animal.

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