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Originally published March 28, 2013 at 5:43 AM | Page modified March 28, 2013 at 6:02 AM

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PETA to queen: Pigeon racing is 'cruel'

An animal rights group may ruffle royal feathers with its call for Queen Elizabeth II to stop supporting pigeon racing because the sport is cruel.

The Associated Press

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LONDON —

An animal rights group may ruffle royal feathers with its call for Queen Elizabeth II to stop supporting pigeon racing because the sport is cruel.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claims tens of thousands of birds die during pigeon races across the English Channel. It says it conducted an undercover investigation which found that in some races 75 percent of the birds disappear and are presumed dead.

PETA says it has written to the queen asking her to review her association with the sport.

Elizabeth is patron of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association and keeps several hundred racing pigeons on her Sandringham estate in eastern England.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment Thursday.

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