News from the Natural World: Pigeon Papers – A pigeon has admitted that it has been using some rather sneaky tactics to snap up nests all over London.
The Pigeon Papers have caused shock and outrage in the animal kingdom. These explosive papers revealed how wealthy animals can shield their income and their assets from taxation and scrutiny by hiding them in offshore jurisdictions, more commonly known as “tax havens”. Whilst not everyone named in the Pigeon Papers is accused of wrongdoing it has caused serious anger amongst different species.
The files were leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Animal Journalists (ICIAJ), which shared access with the ABC (Animal Broadcasting Corporation) and other media outlets around the world. In total, the trove consists of 11.9m files leaked from a total of 14 offshore service providers, totalling 2.94 terabytes of information.
It’s being dubbed the “Pigeon Papers” because the findings shed light on the previously hidden dealings of the elite and the corrupt. However there was one particular species who was particularly guilty. They alone have used offshore accounts to shield assets collectively worth trillions of dollars. We tracked down Pudgey Pigeon one of London’s leading Sky Rats to see what he had to say;