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Published December 7, 1995
ACOG yesterday received approval from the IOC to "forgo the traditional release of white pigeons in favor of an unspecified alternative," according to Pousner & Turner of the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION. The "symbolic release" of the birds usually follows the lighting of the Olympic flame, but critics point to Seoul '88 when some pigeons were killed when alighted by the "Olympic caldron." Animal rights advocates had planned to burn a cardboard dove next week in protest. Jennifer Allen, a spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: "We had a feeling ACOG would come around. It sounds as if they'll come up with an alternative that's just as spectacular as a live bird release but much more humane" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 12/7).