High-stakes pigeons

Credit: Brad Gregg

Oklahoma
County District Attorney David Prater has charged Karen Mae Clifton,
executive director of the American Racing Pigeon Union (AU);
internationally known pigeon racer Richard Wayne Mardis; and James Orr
Steele, president of Pigeon Racers of Oklahoma (PRO), with felony
commercial-gambling charges.

PETA
investigators in 2010 allegedly witnessed illegal betting totaling
nearly $250,000 at an Oklahoma City convention hosted by the AU and PRO.

Call
us naive, but we had no idea there are actually people so eager to
throw away money that they organize and bet on pigeon races.

CFN
has lots of questions: How does one train a pigeon to fly to a certain
destination point? Why pigeons? Surely, peregrine falcon contests would
be more interesting. And why is our windshield evidently along the
racecourse?

Gazette staff

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