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Outrage Over “Horrific” Pigeon Bowling At Harrow Fair

by | September 3, 2019

Outrage has been sparked over an event at an Ontario town fair, wherein participants are using live pigeons in a bowling game.

The Harrow Fair, which takes place in Essex County in Ontario, describes the event as “not a beauty contest” and says the pigeons are judged by the distance and number of times they roll over after being tossed by the participants. 

The pigeons in question are a specific domestic breed which cannot fly and instead move by rolling across the ground. They are commonly called parlour tumbler pigeons.

The CBC reports that, while the fair says the pigeons move of their own accord, eyewitness accounts state that the bowling participants toss the pigeons with considerable force. 

Peggy Anger, the event secretary for the Harrow Fair, says that footage of the event has been taken out of context and insists the event is not animal cruelty. She maintains that the pigeons move of their own accord, despite video evidence suggesting otherwise.

Cute Pigeons
The pigeons were used in a bowling game (Source: Kateryna_MA / Shutterstock.com)

The Harrow Fair: A Tradition Of Cruelty?

The Harrow Fair describes itself as an agricultural fair which shows visitors where the “ingredients for their morning bagels come from.” Started in 1854, the fair has historically held events such as greased pig wrangling and animal auctions. 

This year the fair took place from August 29 to September 1. The schedule of events included 4-H for chickens, sheep, cows, and pigs, and a horse show, in addition to the pigeon bowling contest.

Do you think pigeon bowling is animal cruelty? Let us know in the comments below!


One Response to “Outrage Over “Horrific” Pigeon Bowling At Harrow Fair”

  1. Karen Green
    October 13th, 2019 @ 9:01 am

    Mmm, let me think, is a game throwing pigeons that can ‘t fly cruel and sporting? Hell no. I rescued a collared dove that was attacked by a bird of prey and it couldn’t fly thereafter. She could only tumble backwards. At no point after seeing her do this did I ever think she could go far in a crazy pigeon hurling competition, no I protected her instead. Still had a great long life with me.

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