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Contest Kills

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In contest kills, slaughtering animals is a game. Participants try to kill the largest, smallest or most animals for cash or other prizes. Contest kills most often target prairie dogs, coyotes 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 find 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.

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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