Fox5 reports an anonymous group calling itself “P.U.T.I.N.” said they released pigeons wearing MAGA hats into downtown Las Vegas.
According to an email from the group’s apparent leader “Coo Hand Luke,” PUTIN — which stands for Pigeons United To Interfere Now — released the birds purposely on the eve of the Democratic debate set for Las Vegas on Wednesday.
The group included video of the pigeons’ release in their media alert.
One of the pigeons was attached with a small orange hairpiece. The rest wear “MAGA” (Make America Great Again) hats, synonymous with supporters of President Donald Trump.
The group said they were inspired by “the 1970’s Cold War Operation, ‘Tacana,’ in which the CIA explored the use of pigeons equipped with tiny cameras to spy on Soviet sites of interest.”
The group called the pigeon release an “aerial protest.”
In December, an unknown person(s) attached small cowboy hats to several pigeons found in the Las Vegas Valley. Lofty Hopes pigeon rescue recovered two of them and removed their hats. One of the pigeons later died.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police nor a local pigeon rescue were available for comment on Tuesday night.
— Courtney Holland ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@hollandcourtney) February 19, 2020
Only in #LasVegas..#Trump support group releases dozens of pigeons in Las Vegas with #MAGA hats attached to their heads with eyelash glue. One has a blonde bouffant. Stunt intended to welcome #Trump as he arrives at his Las Vegas hotel for a three day sleepover. pic.twitter.com/dBpMTczrKa
— Marion McKeone (@marionmckeone) February 19, 2020
The Hill reports a group has released a number of pigeons with MAGA hats glued to their heads in downtown Las Vegas ahead of the Democratic debate and President Trump’s visit to the city Wednesday.
An apparently satirical press release from the group Pigeons United To Interfere Now (PUTIN) claimed that the move was “inspired by the 1970’s Cold War Operation, ‘Tacana’, in which the CIA explored the use of pigeons equipped with tiny cameras to spy on Soviet sites of interest.”
“The project was the result of months of exhaustive research, logistical hurdles and pigeon care taking,” read the statement.
“The release date was also coordinated to serve as a gesture of support and loyalty to President Trump, who is scheduled to arrive in Las Vegas just ahead of the Democratic Debates, for a speech scheduled at The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department headquarters,” it continued.
The group’s members remained anonymous but told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the demonstration was carried out using eyelash glue, meaning the hats will naturally fall off within a couple of days. One local animal rescue group told The Associated Press that at least one pigeon wearing a hat had later been found dead.
“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,” a group member identifying themself as “Coo Hand Luke” told the Review-Journal. “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.”