"I am a professor at UC San Diego in the psychology dept - I teach a course in Behavior and Learning, in which we have a pigeon lab course. These lucky students get to work with their own pigeon for an entire semester, after which the school will no longer use these birds (approx 6 weeks from now). We are trying desperately to find a suitable home for them - some students will be adopting their birds but we will most likely have between 20-25 white carneax 1-year olds that need a home. Can you help?"
Many, MANY pigeons (and other animals) are used in labs all the time and the vast majority are routinely killed when their usefulness is considered over. These pigeons are in a very tiny minority- their people are striving to help them get adopted rather than killed. Here’s a story about some lab pigeons that MickaCoo rescued: (“Lab Pigeons Can Count”http://www.rescuereport.org/…/lab-pigeons-can-count.html)
Regarding “Breeding stock” and “pumpers”- we are a rescue. We work non-stop to save the lives of birds that would otherwise be killed for lack of a home while others breed and sell and buy… and we cannot keep up. We can barely make time to care for our own birds we are so busy caring for all the throw-aways of others. Please- if you love birds, stop breeding and instead help the unwanted and homeless birds that are already here to get homes and live.
Those interested in adopting these birds should complete this application which will then be forwarded on-http://www.pigeonrescue.org/birds/apply-to-foster-or-adopt/