Save the pigeons

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​I've been a pigeon fancier all my life. My father and I looked after a pigeon loft with more than 70 birds at his council home in Caerphilly County Borough,Wales. These racing birds have flown thousands of miles, always returning home.

When my father passed away recently, I applied to move from my own council house - less than two miles away - to take over my father's house and continue looking after and racing my pigeons. The house I live in currently is more modern than my father's house.

To my utter amazement, housing officials at Caerphilly Council have refused to allow a housing transfer.They say that I'm not in priority need but there would be no loss of housing, as I would be transferring from one similar council house to another.

These birds are homing pigeons, so they are not like cats or dogs that can be moved to a new home and settle in well in new surroundings.The pigeons fly out and return to their home loft.

If the council refuses to allow the transfer, these homing pigeons will either have to be put down or caged for the rest of their lives as they have raced and returned to the same loft for years. I'm very pleased to have the support of the Welsh Homing Pigeon Union in my fight.

These pigeons must not be allowed to die because of council red tape and that's why I'm asking everyone to sign my petition.

​Caerphilly ​ Council housing officials need to show some commens ​ens​ e ​ and compassion. ​ ​ How can their actions threaten the lives of my beloved pigeons ​?​

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