by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Film/TV.

Mike Tyson’s new reality series “Taking on Tyson” premiered last night on Animal Planet – and PETA is less than thrilled over the show’s “racing” theme.

“If Mike Tyson truly loved birds, he would fight for their protection — not force them into a ‘race’ that tears them away from their families and subjects them to injuries, exhaustion and death,” PETA Vice President Lisa Lange said in a statement.

Member of the animal rights org plan on protesting outside Tyson’s gated Nevada community.

Ironically, Tyson – who genuinely loves his birds – has never actually raced them before. As Ken Tucker from EW.com alludes below, his involvement in the sport appears to simply fulfill a dramatic angle for television.

“Actually, I’m still not entirely convinced Tyson races homing pigeons, at least when there aren’t any cameras around, for pure enjoyment. It looked as though the producers had taken Tyson’s affinity for the birds and then surrounded him with a team of professional pigeon racers, who coach the fighter in the rules and discipline of their subculture, all for the purpose of a TV series.”

Did you see the show last night? Let us know what you thought below!

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://www.herwinsvegancafe.com herwin

    my first reaction was like, oh brother doesn’t PETA has some other things to ? But than again i think it’s not a personal campaign against Tyson (my favourite new vegan on the block !!!!!!!!!!!!!!) but like so many things, once pigeon racing is on tv with a celeb like Tyson it will be popularized so it’s very good that Peta speaks out against pig racing.
    I hope Myke Tyson will understand this because i have no doubt the guy loves his bird very much, and join Peta.

  • Michael Raymer

    ‘”not force them into a ’race’ that tears them away from their families and subjects them to injuries, exhaustion and death,” PETA Vice President Lisa Lange said in a statement.’

    Typical PETA.

  • ECOWARRIOR117

    All pigeon racing is is a modification of their natural behavior. if anything, the birds life longer, healthier, and happier lives than your garden-variety pigeon.

  • cath

    Is that a fur hat Tyson is wearing?