The killjoys at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are once again trying to fundraise off a topical story involving animals.
After going after Paunxatawny, Pa., city fathers for continuing to use a real, live groundhog in their observance of their perfectly innocent event, PETA is now targeting some Trump supporters who cleverly glued some MAGA hats on the heads of pigeons and released them near the venue hosting the Democratic debate.
PETA apparently didn’t see the humor in the act — not surprising, because like almost all activists, they have a zero sense of humor. They complained that the pigeons could be hurt by gluing the hats to their heads.
PETA Senior Director of Cruelty Casework Stephanie Bell said in a statement sent to USA TODAY that enough is enough.
“Stupid pranks like this one are serious business that can interfere with pigeons’ ability to fly, see, and avoid predators, so it’s no surprise that at least one pigeon used in a similar stunt has already died,” she said.
PETA admits to being a part of provocative protests before in reference to their “climate change cow,” who follows the Democratic candidates to primaries and debates posing for photo ops.
“But whatever your cause or political affiliation, pigeons should be left in peace,” Bell concluded in her statement.
It’s hardly “cruelty,” especially when the pigeons are allowed to do what they’re born to do: fly home. And the Trump supporters who created the stunt assure us that the pigeons are rescue animals — most of which would be dead without their care.
PJ Media’s Megan Fox wrote about them earlier this week.
The group that is responsible calls itself Pigeons United To Interfere Now (PUTIN). According to sources, the group members washed some doves and then used eyelash glue to attach the accessories to their heads.
A member of the group told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that some of the birds were in pretty bad shape.
A pigeon coop was built in an undisclosed location in Las Vegas where the birds were fed, bathed and cared for, as many of them were found covered in oil, the group said.
“We wash them with Dove (detergent) and get the grease off that usually accumulates from being underneath cars or near grease traps at restaurants while they’re looking for food,” the group said. “A lot of the time they are found with stringfoot, and we nurse them back to health. A lot of them are malnourished, and we feed them a variety of seeds.”
Stringfoot is a condition in which string becomes wrapped around a bird’s leg, causing the foot to lose circulation.So is PETA saying it’s better that the bird dies rather than take part in a harmless stunt? Their concern should be noted — and ignored.