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Hey, PETA, Mike Tyson Is No Michael Vick!

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 17:  Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson signs the Chrysler 300 Eco Style car for Stars for a Cause during the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 17, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. This Chrysler 300 is one of seven in existence.  (Photo by Michael Caulfield/Getty Images)
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Colin LinneweberSenior Writer IMarch 23, 2010

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letter last Thursday urging New York City prosecutors to investigate former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world “Iron” Mike Tyson’s upcoming reality television show about pigeon racing.


PETA ridiculously alleged in their message to the Brooklyn district attorney’s office that Taking on Tyson is cruel to animals and it will involve illegal gambling.


Tyson (50-6-0-2, 44 KOs) recently agreed to star in the program that is scheduled to premier in early-2011 on Animal Planet.


“I may have stopped fighting,” said Tyson, 43, still the youngest man to ever capture the heavyweight crown at 20. “But I never stopped flying birds. It’s my first love.”


Tyson, who lost three of his final four bouts as a prizefighter, retired after he suffered an embarrassing sixth round TKO loss to Kevin McBride (34-6-1, 29 KOs) in June 2005.


Despite his notorious past and villainous reputation, Tyson was purportedly not violent as a youth until a bully messed with one of his beloved pigeons.


“I rushed him and caught him flush on the temple with a titanic right hand,” recalled Tyson of the incident that ultimately spawned his livelihood as a boxer. “He was out cold, convulsing on the floor like an infantile retard. I never hurt anybody until somebody hurt one of my birds.”


Tyson estimated that he currently owns “a few hundred birds” that stay in two of his lofts in Brooklyn and Jersey City.


PETA clearly stands for a noble cause and most of their efforts are justified and honorable.


Nevertheless, in this instance, the group is clearly attempting to make an issue out of nothing.


Filming Taking on Tyson is not exactly akin to filming Michael Vick fighting his staple of Bad Newz Kennels dogs.


This potentially intriguing show will simply concentrate on flying pigeons.


Pigeons were actually created to fly, PETA.

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