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02/28/2011 10:03 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Mike Tyson Talks Michael Vick, Pigeons In Interview About New Animal Planet Show

In an interview with Paul Lukas of ESPN.com, Mike Tyson talked about racing pigeons, Michael Vick and his new show on Animal Planet called "Taking On Tyson."

The former heavyweight champion told Lukas that he has owned "thousands" of pigeons, but he has never raced them before until now.

"It's a lot of work! I like to just be up on the roof feeding my birds, and while I'm doing that I can talk on the phone, be lazy, eat food, all of that," Tyson said. "But if you have racing birds, you don't have time for all of that because you have to take the birds out, fly them here, wait for them. It's time-consuming."

Later in the interview, Lukas asked Tyson about his feelings on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.

"I don't know why people do what they do. What should we do with Michael Vick? Really, really: Why don't we castrate him? Why don't we do something bad to his children to teach him a lesson? Is that really the answer?" Tyson asked. "Or instead, we can say, 'Hey, you've been given the wrong signals all these years, and you didn't realize you were destroying God's animals.' So we have to change his way of thinking. Not kill him, not assassinate him."

"Taking On Tyson" is scheduled to premier on March 6.