"These sensitive birds can become easily frightened and injured with
so many strikes against them imposed by thoughtless people, of which
these proposed 'races' are prime examples."
|-- United Poultry Concerns President Karen Davis, PhD|
A turkey race proposed by an Internet betting company to be held at a
greyhound stadium in South London, on December 20th, was cancelled in
response to overwhelming protests by animal advocates in the US, UK,
and elsewhere. The company, Blue Square, announced its decision to
drop the race confronted by "the fact that people do not perceive it"
as humane. An RSPCA spokesperson said the race "adds insult to an
already abused animal." United Poultry Concerns joined the RSPCA and
Farmed Animal Action to urge that the race be cancelled. A similar
victory was celebrated in October when a proposed use of ostriches to
run with bulls through the streets of Fuengirola, Spain was cancelled
by the Mayor "as a result of complaints received by animal rights
groups and individuals."
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