By: Derick Streak
Previously I wrote an article on fanciers fiddling with their electronic rings, as well as drivers on the truck that are on fancier’s payroll to manipulate race results. Photos were also placed in our favourite magazine of how pigeons are liberated from our Federation truck prior to the liberation time. Today, I can give a report back on the pigeons being liberated earlier. The driver of the truck was present at our Annual General Meeting held recently. He did not respond when it was put to the floor that the truck was photographed with pigeons flying from a pannier twenty minutes before liberation time. I am sure that any pigeon truck driver being blamed of misconduct and knows that he is not guilty of this accusation, will make a hell of a noise. Especially if you know our driver. The meeting was shocked with the practises going on in our area. Believe me if I tell you that these practises also happens in other Federations and Unions. We have to be on our toes and open our eyes. Too long we kept quite. Too long did fanciers know about the practises of their friends and kept quite. Crime prevails when good people keep quite.
Now let us touch another evil that is creeping into our sport. This evil has got the potential to destroy our sport completely. Steaming boxes is becoming the order of the day and are being sold by the so called prominent fanciers in South Africa. The muty that are being used to steam the pigeons are being supplied by a certain not so well known Vet of our country. It is also freely available over the counter.
How does this contraption work, you may ask. This steaming box is a rather solid box that can house a number of pigeons. It has got an intake hole trough which a compressor nebulizer apparatus is used to blow steam into the box, forcing the pigeon to inhale it. A normal pigeon basket that is closed with a blanket or good towel can also be used. A forbidden substance is used in the apparatus to enhance the oxygen intake of the pigeon. It clears the slime from the lung channels thus giving the pigeon a super oxygen intake advantage. The product used is a common mucolytic / bronchodilator range substance. The active ingredient in these substances are mostly forbidden. You can smell these substances on the pigeons when they are basketed as the steam dampens the birds. Maybe SANPO can investigate the possibility to do a feather smear when the fancier baskets his pigeons. Here is the catch!!! This method can not be traced in the droppings of the pigeon on the night of basketing.
It was found in our Federation that these boxes are in the possession of no less than five of the leading fanciers. It came about by one fancier being tested positive for forbidden substances and he then sang the song, splitting his fellow cheaters. Not only that, another result leading fancier came out with the same names. Not only that, one of these names, openly declared in front of myself and the Chairman of the Federation, Mr. Joep Joubert, that he uses the steaming box and gave names of the some of the others, being his friends. The interesting thing is that these mentioned fanciers is a close knit friendship and knew about these boxes all along, but never mentioned a name nor complained to a higher authority as they all took their fair share of the money and the glory. Now that someone is tested positively they are blaming the other to get the attention of themselves. Thanks for the info guys.
Now if ever a snake is in the grass that will chase fanciers out of this sport, it is this practise. What happened to flying the natural pigeon. What happened to breeding the champion. What happened to the pride of owning a truthful loft of pigeons. It is all going out the back door and that because of a few fanciers in the sport with a cheating mind. Are your pigeons really as good? Then you don’t need steam boxes or just maybe you do!! LOL
Let us have a look at beating these guys and putting pressure on their pigeon racing.
- We, the honest fancier should not leave the sport because of a hand full of “foefie” fanciers, cheating to achieve glory and to sell pigeons at inflated prices. Stay in the sport and put pressure on your club management to speak out against the box fanciers housed in the club. Don’t be surprised if you find that your committee members are part of the problem.
- If that does not work then you always have the right to resign from such a club and join a club which to your mind pays attention to this unfair practise. Leave the cheater behind to race against each other. Let us see how long they last. Don’t allow them into the other clubs. They will always find another way to cheat. Their skin is too thick. The amount of fanciers using this box system only makes out about 2% of the countries fanciers and they are by far the minority. The bad news is that they outrace you weekend after weekend.
Let us build an army of protesters against this practise. Report every person you know that possesses this box, as he does not necessarily use it to steam his pigeons with medicine. As they say with their Sunday faces. The bottom line is they use it to boost his pigeons with banned substances on basketing day. Put pressure on you committee to have a talk with such member and to get him to rehabilitate himself.
Due to the fact that we kept quite about these unfair practises over the years it has escalated to a dilemma because we tried to protect friends and also to loose members from the sport.I think it is time to act.
The purpose of our mission should be to change the mental thinking of these fanciers to fair pigeon racing. To breed quality pigeons and have a pride to that fact. To appreciate and respect your loft of pigeons and to have good words to the fancier that abides to the rules and practises the art of pigeon racing like our honest folk.