Save Joe the Pigeon from Certain Death

Target: David Littleproud, Minister for Agriculture, Australia

Goal: Stop Australia from killing an immigrating racing pigeon.

A racing pigeon, affectionately named Joe, absconded a race in the United States and made his way across the Pacific Ocean only to face capture and death. It is appalling that humankind’s reaction to seeing nature “out of place” is to kill it. We must stop this senseless euthanizing of the world’s incredible animals.

Joe has made the longest recorded journey of a racing pigeon. Yet after traveling 13,000 km, he is considered a biosecurity risk. The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service claim Joe threatens local poultry and wildlife and he is not permitted to be in the country. While quarantine is critical during these unprecedented times, killing anything deemed a threat is an unacceptable control method.

Because Joe attracted media attention, the government feels they must act decisively to set an example. Yet how many other animals slip through the net and end up where people don’t think they should be? Authorities, especially those in environmental capacities, should work in conjunction with nature and not try to control it as they see fit.

Killing this bird is not the answer. Sign this petition to help save Joe the pigeon’s life.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Honourable Littleproud,

Joe the pigeon has attained international fame for his daring journey across the Pacific Ocean. While I understand the importance of quarantine and of managing diseases in these uncertain times, catching and euthanizing an emancipated bird is an irresponsible use of power. As the Minister of Agriculture, it is your job to work in conjunction with the natural world, not try to control it.

Because he attracted significant media attention, Joe is a prime example of how nature has its own agenda with little regard for man-made regulations. What if Joe had lost his tag during his trip? He would have amalgamated with the local population and the world would have been none the wiser. Instead of immediate death, perhaps he can live the rest of his life in a sanctuary. After racing for human entertainment, and undergoing a perilous journey, I feel Joe deserves a peaceful and natural end to life.

I urge you: do not euthanize Joe the pigeon.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: burtamus

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15 Comments

  1. Go figure, the trailer apes of Australia are at it again. YOu know they can QUARANTINE the pigeon for 2 weeks. Is that too difficult for you??

    • Yes I’m Australian, was disgusted with our fucking government, they couldn’t give a shit about animals, wildlife or domestic, all they care about is how much money they get. The guy whos backyard it flew into should have just shut his stupid mouth and cared for the poor bird without involving the media and the authorities, I knew they would kill the poor thing. I haven’t heard anything recently so hope they just leave it alone or it flys off somewhere else.

  2. Three days ago Australia changed its mind and said that they won’t kill Joe the Pigeon.

    • Please let it be true. Joe deserves care and love

      • Indeed, the bird deserves to live, but, instead, can we send that p.o.s. so-called president and his warthog he calls a vice-president?

        That would be a wonderful exchange, we’ll take back Joe the pigeon, in exchange for Joe Burden and Warthog Harris, we can toss in Nasty Nancy Pelosi for good measure.

  3. Margaret Burlingham says:

    This is TYPICAL of Australian anti-animal legislation at work. All they know is destruction, the Rancher mentality to kill and never tolerate being questioned.

  4. It was reported later that this bird originated in Australia.

  5. When A**TRALIA was on fire , the world helped them save their beautiful unique wildlife even though the rotten A**tralians routinely kill /torture/ exploit every animal they can! The Irwins are a shameful joke! What can you expect from a country which started as a place to dispose of criminals!

    • Well put Lisa – Oz got to get human, many sent money they could ill afford to help the animals because they cared, so Oz need to become more caring of God’s creatures

    • Wow! Bitter much? The Irwins are into animal CONSERVATION, not animal killing you fool. You better understand that just because Steve Irwin is Australian, don’t make him bad.

      Its assholes like YOU who are likely as not, animal abusers yourselves. I say, “methinks thou doth protest too much”.

    • Get your facts correct moron. Our Australia government has stated that Joe the pigeon will not e killed. I am a huge animal welfare advocate and I am offended by your incorrect disgraceful comment!

  6. Wow! Bitter much? The Irwins are into animal CONSERVATION, not animal killing you fool. You better understand that just because Steve Irwin is Australian, don’t make him bad.

    Its assholes like YOU who are likely as not, animal abusers yourselves. I say, “methinks thou doth protest too much”.

  7. Get your facts correct moron Lisa Black. Our Australia government has stated that Joe the pigeon will not e killed. I am a huge animal welfare advocate and I am offended by your incorrect disgraceful comment!
    Steve Irwin is a well known fabulous animal advocate.

  8. Get your facts correct moron Lisa Black. Our Australia government has stated that Joe the pigeon will not be killed. I am a huge animal welfare advocate and I am offended by your incorrect disgraceful comment!
    Steve Irwin is a well known fabulous animal advocate.

  9. Glad the bird will not be killed. These no nonsense killings r not necessary. Don’t need to kill the pigeon. I would have arrested if the pigeon was killed for no reason

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