Racing Pigeons Found Guilty of Doping
Birds test positive for cocaine, painkillers
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Oct 25, 2013 9:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – A brand-new doping scandal made headlines today. And no, it wasn’t another baseball player or cyclist, but six of the top star Belgian racing pigeons. Several of the country’s newspapers reported the birds tested positive for drugs, including cocaine and painkillers. The guilty pigeons were apparently caught after the Belgian pigeon-racing federation sent samples from 20 birds to the National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa. Apparently, drugs like cocaine and painkillers help improve the birds’ performances.