The Raptor Alliance lobbies on behalf of UK pigeon fanciers for change in the protection of their racing birds. Currently, birds owned by the 60,000 pigeon fanciers in the UK have no legal protection against increasing attacks from soaring sparrowhawk and peregrine falcon populations.
LAW Commission Publishes Consultation Paper: The two links below relate to the Law Commission consultation paper which the Raptor Alliance will be presenting a response to be early November 2012.
Update December 2012: The Raptor Alliance, of which the RPRA is a constituent member, has now made a detailed submission to the Law Commission, requesting that Wildlife legislation, currently being examined by the Law Commission, is amended so that Racing Pigeons are re-designated as livestock. This would allow the owners of Racing Pigeons to make applications for licences to prevent raptors maiming or killing Racing Pigeons around their loft.
This is a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to amend the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 – this is the first step in order to try and protect our sport; therefore we need your support. The petition below can be signed by ANYONE (not just members) who wishes to see the sport of Pigeon Racing given some legal protection. Please help and get as many signatures as possible, completed pages can be given to your Region Secretaries or posted directly to the RPRA. Thank you for your support.
In order to understand and record the damage hawks and falcons do to racing pigeons in the UK we have created the Hawkwatch function (below). If you have witnessed or found the aftermath of a raptor strike, please click on the ‘Report Attack’ button, and follow the instructions, placing the pin on the map and giving as much information as you can. Here is a guide to using Hawkwatch.