Heroic Pigeons

Humane PA

By Elissa Katz, President, Humane PA PACSee the source image

During World War I, a pigeon named Cher Ami flew for the US Army Signal Corp in France, and served on the front lines for many months. She is credited with single-handedly saving the lives of over 200 American soldiers by flying 25 miles and through a sky of bullets, sustaining serious injuries in the process, to deliver a life-saving message to the Allied lines on behalf of the embattled 77th Infantry Division.  Cher Ami was awarded the French Croix de Guerre and the “silver medal” by General Pershing for his heroism and bravery.

What a contrast with how we treat pigeons in Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, pigeons like Cher Ami are netted, often unlawfully and from out of state, stockpiled, and then used for live target shooting competitions known as pigeon shoots.

The British depended on pigeons so extensively during…

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2 comments on “Heroic Pigeons

  1. Yes such an important role the pigeon played during the war years .. I was appalled at the catching and shooting of pigeons.. But then here in the UK they breed the grouse just for sport so that so called ‘Gentlemen’ can shoot them in the annual grouse shoot..
    Many thanks for all that you contribute to bring awareness for those who do not have a voice to speak for themselves..
    Much Love Nancy.. Take care ❤

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