Fairs are generally thought of as fun family activities where you can play, eat some cotton candy, ride the Ferris wheel, and maybe even win a competition. While they may seem like a harmless and healthy way to spend the weekend, fairs often include some components of animal exploitation
Harrow Fair is held annually in Essex, Ontario. It involves classic fair activities, such as rides, competitions and live performances. Unfortunately, there are many fair activities involving animal abuse. Not only do they hold a 4-H rod, but there is also a Pigeon Rolling or Parlor Tumblers.
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In Pigeon Rolling competitions, managers throw a pigeon across the field and whoever has the farthest pigeon wins a prize. While the organizers claim that the activity showing what birds do naturally, the video shows that participants also use force rather than letting the pigeons roll by themselves. In addition, most tumbler pigeons only roll once in a while and are therefore able to gain control to fly away. However, these cup pigeons are selectively paired to produce genetic mutations that cause them to roll continuously. Such pigeons are also called “rollers” and are unable to fly, which is the natural response to fear for most birds. Therefore, these birds are subject to physical and mental trauma.
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