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During “dove releases,” birds are let out of a cage, and event attendees likely assume that they have been “set free” and will live happily ever after.

But that four-second visual display claims many of their lives.

The “doves” that people rent for weddings, funerals, and other occasions are often actually pigeons who are bred to be all-white.

Breeders make money by renting them out as “wedding doves.”

They’re stuffed into cages, dragged to unfamiliar locations in the middle of noisy crowds, and turned loose.

As they try to find their way back to the exhibitor, the domesticated birds often get hurt or lost, are killed by predators, or starve to death.