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Taiwan busts racing pigeon kidnapping ring

Published on Jul 8, 2014 5:52 PM
 
A handout picture released by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) on May 30, 2014 shows the Taiwanese club representatives releasing pigeons from a ship at sea outside Kaohsiung harbor during a pigeon race on October 13, 2013. Five people have been arrested in northern Taiwan for allegedly kidnapping dozens of racing pigeons for ransom, police said Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - Five people have been arrested in northern Taiwan for allegedly kidnapping dozens of racing pigeons for ransom, police said Tuesday.

The suspects were accused of setting traps along racing routes to capture the pigeons before demanding up to NT$10,000 (S$416) per bird from their owners in ransom money, the Taipei City police department said.

Police arrested the suspects when they were allegedly setting up traps in a seaside mountain near Taipei with nets, cages, slingshots in their possession earlier this week.

It was not immediately clear the amount of ransom the alleged kidnappers collected, though police estimated that they had already caught dozens of pigeons.

 
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