By now you’ve probably seen the popular photo of Timothy the Pigeon watching the Oregon Ducks practice. (For those, like, totally out of the loop, here it is.) After the picture went rapidly viral like a strain of avian flu — that’s the first and last bird joke, I promise — the Ducks were contact by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
PETA, hoping the cash in on the popularity of Timothy, requested that the Ducks play a video called “Attack of the Pigeons” during this weekend’s game against the UCLA Bruins. “Timothy the Pigeon’s popularity creates the perfect opportunity to push for compassion for all our feathered friends,” said PETA’s Alicia Woempner (KVAL).
You can watch the video below.
Wow. That was…something.
The Ducks — probably concerned that the amazing video would blow the minds of too many players, putting them at higher-risk for brain trauma than they already are — declined PETA’s request. According to Craig Pintens of the athletics department, the school “did receive the email” but has “no plans to include [the video] in our game presentation for the game on Saturday or in the future.”