Nightly News   |  October 25, 2013

Belgium’s pigeon doping scandal

Pigeon racing has now become so competitive owners are drugging the birds with cocaine and painkillers. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> also in europe, say it ain't so, but the scourge of performance-enhancing drugs now extends to pigeon racing . there is a report in belgium of a doping scandal saying competitive pigeon owners drugged birds with trace amounts of cocaine and painkillers. as one journalist put it, is there no honor? a top bird on the racing circuit sold for $430,000.