"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
-- 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, in December, 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
African ostriches with their young.
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