It is almost common in villages in Bangladesh where there are ample lofts for the pigeons as a hobby, freedom and to keep a sign of peace of every home. Now it becomes common too in the capital but it seems like lucrative business by pigeon breeding rather having a sign of peace and freedom.
There are more than 2,000 pigeon breeders in Dhaka city with more than 20,000 scattered across the country, especially in Chittagong, Dinajpur, and Barisal.
However all is not well. Pigeon trafficking is a very lucrative underground business with a annual turnover of Tk 10 crores. According to Tanvir Hassan, general secretary of Bangladesh Fancy Pigeon Breeders Association (BFPBA), a bunch of criminals are involved in smuggling pigeons from Bangladesh to India. While visiting Kaptan Bazaar, this reporter found there are three major pigeon haats around Dhaka city – Tongi, Kaptan, and Jinjira Bazaar – where pigeons are illegally captured and sold by yet another criminal syndicate.