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In wildlife killing contests, slaughtering animals is a game. Participants try to kill the largest, smallest or most animals for cash or other prizes. Wildlife killing contests often target prairie dogs, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, and pigeons, and treat these living animals as disposable game pieces.


In coyote calling contests, teams bring dead coyotes to a check-in point where the bodies are stacked and weighed to determine the winner.

Prairie dog shoots seat players at a distance from a prairie dog habitat with high-powered rifles to shoot the animals. Contestants boast of the "red mist" when an animal is blown to bits.

In live pigeon shoots, a shooter stands only yards away as captive birds are launched one at time from boxes. The goal is to shoot the most birds down within a ring. Several thousand birds may be killed outright—or left to suffer a slow death—during a multi-day shoot.

Pennsylvania is the last state to allow live pigeon shoots.

Please email us at wildlife@humanesociety.org if you would like to receive our new toolkit, "Wildlife Killing Contests: A Guide to Ending the Blood Sport in Your Community."


Most Pennsylvanians Oppose Pigeon Shoots

A new poll has found that 75 percent of Pennsylvania voters favor a law that would ban live pigeon shoots, while only 16 percent oppose it.

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