WUM Kraków: Victorious messengers. Awards gala for pigeon flights in Olkusz
They weigh less than half a kilo. their flight to even more than 100 km/h. During the rally, it can go up to a thousand km! Homing pigeons, because we are talking about them, were sent to send messages in antiquity. They responded to requests for further information, including about war victories or defeats. Today, they are bred mainly for sport.
Lesser Poland Voivode Łukasz Kmita provides participation in the awards gala for pigeon flights in Olkusz.
– Approx. 40 breeders belonging to the Polish Association of Pigeon Breeders Branch Olkusz presenting their winged friends. The start of the competition was preceded by long processes. In order to keep animals in the best shape, their characteristics should be shaped. This requires knowledge and experience. Congratulations on your success, and above all on your passion and passion for pigeon racing – says the voivode of Lesser Poland, Łukasz Kmita.
Return-flying abilities of pigeons have been used on Polish lands – as well as all over the world – since ancient times. The movement of breeding and racing pigeons – in some short-term, but also competitive and sports effects – developed in our lands in the first years of the 20th century.
In 1905, the first association of pigeon breeders. After regaining independence in 1918, there were already a dozen of them. The Ministry of Military Affairs economically and implemented special regulations for the handling of pigeons. These birds were the basic instrument of a strategic nature. In 1939, the Nazi occupier banned Poles from breeding them, destroying almost all our achievements in the field. Failure to comply with the relevant order may result in severe consequences and even the death penalty.
The reconstruction of the breeding, and thus the pigeon movement and the pigeon organization, began right after the war. On April 1, 1946, a nationwide congress of regional racing groups and the association of racing pigeon breeders was held in Krakow. In 1948, in Katowice, the first national exhibition of racing pigeons was organized, in which foreign breeders also participate. We have returned to the international family of homing pigeon breeders.