find the latest legal job
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Adelaide CBD · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
Freelance Project Finance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Australia
· Vario are looking for freelance lawyers with experience in project finance ideally within the renewable energy sector
View details
Vario Freelance Lawyers
Category: Construction Law | Location: All Australia
· We are looking for lawyers who appreciate the endless possibilities that a freelance career can offer.
View details
Freelance Construction Lawyers
Category: Construction Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· We are looking for construction lawyers who appreciate the endless possibilities that a freelance career can offer.
View details
Banking Associate - 1-6PQE - Allen & Overy
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: United Kingdom
· Banking Associate - 1-6 PQE - Allen & Overy
View details
Chinese mafia ruffles feathers after spate of Belgian pigeon 'hits'

Chinese mafia ruffles feathers after spate of Belgian pigeon 'hits'

Forget scenes of gangster gunfights in darkened Asian alleyways as made famous in Hong Kong cinema, it turns out the Chinese mafia has found a new haunt: the cobblestoned streets of…

Forget scenes of gangster gunfights in darkened Asian alleyways as made famous in Hong Kong cinema, it turns out the Chinese mafia has found a new haunt: the cobblestoned streets of Belgium.

Belgian pigeon breeders are in a flap after their prize birds have become the latest targets of Chinese crime gangs who are allegedly abducting and killing the homing birds in an international pigeon substitution racket, reports AFP.

Experts say there have been ten reported incidents of 'pigeonicide' this year, with the latest incident involving two men of Asian appearance dumping sacks in woodland near the northern Belgian city of Antwerp, which were later found to contain the bodies of 14 dead pigeons, each with one foot cut off.

Instead of smuggling the expensive birds, which can fetch tens of thousands of dollars at pigeon sales, it is believed the identification rings are then placed on the legs of other less valuable pigeons in China and passed off as the champion racers. The process would also get around the birds' habit of flying straight back home, one imagines.

Concerned about the spate of bird-abductions, and the Royal Belgian Federation of Pigeon Fanciers has advised its 33,000 members to take out insurance policies on their feathered friends, and suggested placing surveillance cameras in their coops to prevent any imminent flights to the great aviary in the sky.

Folklaw wonders if hiring some mercenary vultures would be more effective. Or using eagles eyes for surveillance maybe. Sending in some doves for hostage negotiation...

Like this story? Read more:

Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

Chinese mafia ruffles feathers after spate of Belgian pigeon 'hits'
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Debate rises over Victorian judiciary attack
Jan 24 2018
Debate rises over Victorian judiciary attack
The Victorian Bar has become the latest to go on record condemning recent political attacks on the V...
Michelle Quigley QC
Jan 24 2018
Vic Barrister who helped stop major heritage redevelopment joins Supreme Court
Michelle Quigley QC, who assisted a coalition to oppose the redevelopment of St Heliers villa estate...
Building, construction
Jan 24 2018
Building finish for NSW coroner’s complex slated for early 2019
Efforts to relocate the state coroner’s facilities from Glebe to Lidcombe are on track, according ...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...