P148 Teletext 148 Nov13 21:07:16       ————————————————————————————  HAWKS "DESTROYING" RACING PIGEONU Racing pigeons are coming under increasing threat from Britain's fast-growing birds of prey population. Champion pigeons now risk attack by protected species of sparrowhawks and peregrine falcons every time they leave the loft. Yet the aerial wars have given way to propaganda wars as pigeon fanciers confront bird protection societies in this new battle of the skies. ——————————————————————————————————1/7—— by Colin Irwin CHECK OUT YOUR LOVE STARS p418 Write It! Fun&Games Flicks Green
P148 Teletext 148 Nov13 21:00:05       ————————————————————————————  HAWKS "DESTROYING" RACING PIGEONQ Pigeon fanciers claim top racing birds are being eaten alive by growing numbers of sparrowhawks and peregrine falcons preying on them. Pigeon associations are demanding urgent action to save their sport by limiting the numbers of wild birds. "I wouldn't say it's a major crisis but we do have a serious problem and something should be done," says a Royal Pigeon Racing Association spo+esman. ——————————————————————————————————2/7—— Death of a champion >>> ENTERING THE GREEN SCENE p160 Write It! Fun&Games Flicks Green
P148 Teletext 148 Nov13 21:11:04       ————————————————————————————  HAWKS "DESTROYING" RACING PIGEONQ The death of a £10,000 racing pigeon Peter Thorpe has led to urgent calls for a culling of the birds of prey now threatening the sport. "Sparrowhawks now even live in towns. They attack pigeons as they come out of lofts, spreading their wings over the pigeons' eyes so they can't see and keep still," says an RPRA spokesman. "They're one of the few birds to eat prey alive - it takes 20 minutes.! ——————————————————————————————————3/7—— Bred to fly >>> LANDING ON PLANET SOUND p480 Write It! Fun&Games Flicks Green
P148 Teletext 148 Nov13 21:04:02       ————————————————————————————  HAWKS "DESTROYING" RACING PIGEONQ The best racing pigeons, often bred in the same way as racehorses, are worth thousands of pounds. Which is why the Royal Pigeon Racing Association is so worried about the growing sparrowhawk and peregrine falcon population decimating the sport. "When a pigeon is lost in training two miles from home, you know it has met a violent end. We used to lose 1% but now one in six aren't coming home. ——————————————————————————————————4/7—— Battle of the skies >>> NEW MUSIC REVIEWED p144 Write It! Fun&Games Flicks Green
P148 Teletext 148 Nov13 21:05:01       ————————————————————————————  HAWKS "DESTROYING" RACING PIGEONS The Royal Society For The Protection Of Birds has reacted angrily to calls from pigeon fanciers to cull the birds of prey killing their champion racers. "Peregrine falcons do prey on pigeons but there are onl9 1,300 pairs in the UK," says Chris Harbard of the RSPB. "They are rightly protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act and why should they suffer for doing what is a natural part of wildlife?" ——————————————————————————————————5/7—— A war of words >>> A TRIP TO THE BIG SCREEN p460 Write It! Fun&Games Flicks Green
P148 Teletext 148 Nov13 21:01:09       ————————————————————————————  HAWKS "DESTROYING" RACING PIGEONS A row between pigeon fanciers and birds of prey admirers has erupted with both sides accusing the other of falqif9ing facts in a major propaganda war. Pigeon racing associations say their sport is being destroyed while the "rich and influential" RSPB understates the numbers of peregrine falcons attacking their best racers. "There's a lot more than you think because they only count them in pairs. ——————————————————————————————————6/7—— Falcons are innocent, ok? >>> NATIONAL TOUR DATES p486 Write It! Fun&Games Flicks Green
P148 Teletext 148 Nov13 21:05:08       ————————————————————————————  HAWKS "DESTROYING" RACING PIGEONQ Falcons are being framed in the great pigeon wars, claim the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. "The peregrine falcon population is still very small and there's all sorts of hazards for racing pigeons," says Chris Harbard of the RSPB. "Power cables, bad weather, cats. Not long ago peregrines were dwindling, and it's not right they should be killed because someone's hobby is suffering.! ——————————————————————————————————7/7—— Angst 146 Goss 143 IT'S THAT CRAZY 'ZINE p142 Write It! Fun&Games Flicks Green