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The mourning dove is the bird of peace, a prominent religious symbol, and a beloved backyard songbird. Doves delight millions who enjoy bird watching or luring the gentle birds to their feeders. Despite the peaceful symbolism of these songbirds, hunters kill more doves each year than any other animal.

Dove Shooting Debacle

Mourning doves are the traditional bird of peace and a beloved backyard songbird. But some people use mourning doves as live targets, sometimes calling them "cheap skeet." Hunters kill more doves each year—more than 20 million—than any other animal in the country.

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