Pigeons wearing tiny MAGA hats spotted in Las Vegas
Pigeons wearing tiny "Make America Great Again" hats have been spotted in Las Vegas.
Per USA Today, responsibility for the MAGA hats (and pigeons wearing small Trump wigs) has been claimed by a group named P.U.T.I.N. - an anagram for Pigeons United to Interfere Now.
The group told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the animals had been released as part of an "aerial protest" ahead of the Democratic debate that was set for Wednesday and President Donald Trump's visit to Las Vegas.
"P.U.T.I.N. values its cause over celebrity. The aim of this project is to draw attention to the art and the message, not those behind it," the group stated.
A group member who goes by the alias Coo Hand Luke said of the hats: "The release date was also coordinated to serve as a gesture of support and loyalty to President Trump."
Luke then explained that the hats were applied with eyelash glue, and therefore, in his opinion, no pigeons would be harmed as part of the political stunt.
"It's what women use to put around their eyes for eyelash extensions. The hats usually stay on for a day or two, depending on the bird's movements," Luke said.
"We can also remove them ourselves as they fly back to the coop. They could be gone for a day, two days or a week, but they always come back."
However, the hats have been slammed by animal rights activists. Mariah Hillman, who runs Lofty Hopes, a Las Vegas pigeon rescue organization said that they are "animal cruelty".
"It doesn't matter what kind of glue it is. It is still, in fact, cruelty, because you are impairing their vision," Hillman told NBC News. "There's not always a guarantee that they'll return because they can get injured or killed before that happens."
The rescue organization is now setting up traps in the hope of capturing the MAGA hat-wearing pigeons. The hats will then be removed before the animals are rehabilitated and released.