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SHARK 2017 Year in Review Final Part - January 4, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 4, 2017

DEAR FRIENDS,
 

This is the final part of our end of year mailer. We could not have done all the work we did without your support, so please continue to help us so we may help animals!
 

 

 

This past summer, Canadian animal protection organizations asked SHARK to document a controversial rodeo in Montreal in August, and the St. Tite Rodeo in Quebec in September. This was a massive undertaking wherein SHARK investigators teamed up with a Canadian veterinarian to film 20 rodeo performances in 12 days, with as many as three rodeo performances in a day. One rodeo started at midnight, and didn't end until 2 o'clock in the morning!

We cannot go into details of this effort just yet, but some of what was filmed is deeply disturbing. For now we will share part of a letter sent to us by Canadian law professor Alain Roy, who is leading the effort to hold rodeos accountable under Quebec's new humane laws:
 
"Words cannot express my profound gratitude to you for what you have done.

I did not have even a clue of what a super-human task this would turn out to be. But even if I had known the extent of the task, it would have been completely impossible to meet it without the unique skill, experience, dedication and (though well-concealed) the passion that you and your SHARK team undeniably – and uniquely -- have. No others on the planet, literally none, could have done this.”


As our supporters know, SHARK has worked to expose rodeos and its corporate sponsors for more than two decades. No individual or organization has done more to hold rodeos accountable than SHARK, so we want to do everything we can to help the Canadians, and to see what kind of ripple effect may be felt at rodeos in the US and beyond. 

SHARK has a rich history of collaborating with other groups in our fight for animals. 2017 provided two opportunities for us to help Canadians fight for animals. This shows why SHARK is an animal protection organization unlike any other. We have the equipment and skills to do what has to be done, and we are ready to be there to help others. Thank you for the support you've given to make our efforts possible!

This past May, SHARK was on Lake Erie with our boat, the Bob & Nancy, to document the slaughter of cormorants by the Canadian government.


The first day we were on the lake, we rescued a cormorant that had been shot in the face and had his lower beak destroyed (above). If we had not been there, he would have slowly starved and died a horrendously cruel death. The second day we were out we encountered the government killers - and they refused to shoot while we were present. The next and last day the killers had three police boats come out with them so they could feel safe while killing the innocent cormorants sitting on their nests.

Our partners in Zoocheck, Cormorant Defenders International and Animal Alliance of Canada, told us that because we were there, there were “far fewer” birds killed than in previous years. We take that as a great compliment, for everything we do is about saving lives.

 



• SHARK went to Cumberland, VA, to document Covance Research Products, which has an enormous compound where beagles are bred, warehoused and sold for experimentation. The video, in which you can see dogs in their cages, endlessly crying out, has been seen more than 75,000 times and has brought attention back to the issue of dogs being bred and killed for experimentation.

• In May, SHARK returned to the US Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC), in Clay County, Nebraska, where we brought attention to an incredibly cruel program that leaves newborn lambs to die from exposure, hunger and predators.

• In June, SHARK went undercover to film a brutal shark killing contest held in New Jersey. Sharks are amazing animals that play a vital role in our oceans, yet they are tragically slaughtered often just for fun around the world. Our video captured the plight of sharks, how their bodies were butchered and their jaws cut out for trophies and their heads discarded.

• It is a tragedy when those who claim to be pro-animal instead are either scamming donors to get their money or they sell out animals by helping to pass legislation that hurts more animals. We created CharityCops.com to expose those who betray the animals we fight for.

• SHARK has filmed rodeos across our country, including the notorious Cheyenne Frontier Rodeo Days in Wyoming. Thanks to the efforts of a rodeo attendee with a conscience, we were able to expose a mortally injured horse. We also showed how corporations, such as Coca-Cola, enable such cruelty by continuing to sponsor rodeos.


 
• Early in 2017 we showed how horses at the National Finals Rodeo were electro-shocked and waged a campaign against CBS Sports for airing the cruelty. Our video has been seen more than 90,000 times and the petition we created has more than 11,000 signatures. As for CBS, the network still refuses to take responsibility for its outrageous and unethical behavior. We will continue our efforts to expose the network and apply pressure. Please call CBS and ask them to no longer air such cruelty. 1-212-975-4321 (ask to be put through to the complaint hotline)

• In late 2016, we legally filmed a dog breeding farm with our drone in upstate New York called Marshall Farms. After we left, we were stopped by the State Police and local county sheriff’s department who acted as security for the company and illegally stopped our vehicle and arrested both Janet Enoch and me. We released the video of that illegal stop in early 2017 and it has received more than 2,7000,000 views.
 


SHARK took on one of the most powerful politicians in the country and defeated him. SHARK stands against animal abusers and doesn’t back down in the face of frivolous lawsuits and acts of violence. SHARK chooses to defend animals others wouldn’t even think of such as pigeons, cormorants, animals in rodeos, and cownose rays just to name a few. SHARK score victories that save thousands of lives!

The amazing thing is, all that we have shown you in this mailer (and there is more that we cannot say publicly at this time) was completed with only four regular investigators, one part-time investigator, a small number of dedicated volunteers, and a budget less than the salary of what just one executive of a large animal welfare group makes in a year.
 
 
SHARK President Steve Hindi rescuing wounded pigeons at US Senator Inhofe's pigeon shoot in Oklahoma

Think about that; most large groups have dozens, or hundreds of employees and rake in tens of millions of dollars, yet they do but a fraction of what we accomplish with a team you can count on one or two hands. That’s what makes SHARK so different from everyone else, and why we ask for your support.

No one working with SHARK gets rich fighting for animals. We do it because it’s the right thing to do. In fact, part of the reason why SHARK was able to do as much as we have this year is because I had to raid my own retirement account for $100,000 to support SHARK this year. That’s how much I believe in this group and the work we do. 

If you believe in us, and want to continue to see major victories for animals year after year, then I implore you to support us with a generous donation now. I can assure you, you will see no better return for your donation than by supporting SHARK. Remember this - the lives we save, are the lives you save. 
 
Sincerely,



Steve Hindi
President, SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness

• SHARK’s Youtube channel now has nearly 103,000 subscribers and over 940 videos that have been seen more than 82,600,000 times!  This is how we expose animal cruelty to the world!

SHARK Exposes South Carolina Pigeon Shoot - Three Drones Shot Down!

 

 

 

 

February 13, 2018

DEAR FRIENDS,

On February 10, 2018, SHARK, working with Last Chance for Animals, Unparalleled Suffering Photography, and The Evidence Box, documented a horrific live pigeon shoot where birds were launched from boxes and shot for fun, at the Broxton Bridge Plantation located near Ehrhardt, South Carolina.


 
 
The last time we were at Broxton Bridge was in 2012, so we took the pigeon shooters by complete surprise. Our Angel drones documented video of girls and boys, used as workers by the plantation, torturing birds. It is common for pigeon shoots to use children as workers, which we believe is a form of abuse as well.
 
In this sequence from the video, one of the girls holding a wounded pigeon slams her victim into the wounded pigeon held by the other girl
 
The child workers regularly threw wounded, but still living birds into garbage cans, where they would die slowly while having other living victims dumped on them. Such a fate is torture. That these animals are treated literally like garbage shows how barbaric pigeon shooters are.

A very young boy throwing wounded birds into a garbage can
 
Pigeon shoots violate South Carolina humane law under Title 47, the cruelty to animals statute. However, law enforcement has been loathe to take action against Broxton Bridge in the past. 

This was a very expensive operation. Adding to the expense, the Plantation sent thugs into the woods to illegally shoot three of our Angels. It will cost us thousands to replace them.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SHARK didn't violate any laws as we legally filmed the pigeon shoot with our drones. Someone at Broxton Bridge, however, did when they began to fire at our drone using a rifle. In the end, they hit three of them, causing a great deal of damage. It will cost thousands of dollars to repair these drones.

One of the drones that was damaged. The rotor was blown off of it 

 Shooting a drone is absolutely illegal under FAA regulations and we will make sure Broxton bridge is held accountable. It was also incredibly reckless and illegal of Broxton Bridge to fire a rifle across a public road. Such criminal activity, we are sad to say, is part and parcel of what pigeon shooters do. It is our job to do the work that needs to be done and then deal with the lawbreakers through the justice system.

We will have much more on the drone shooting incidents in the near future, but we can assure you that we will hold Broxton Bridge accountable for violating federal law.

 
 

SHARK's Video Proves Rodeos Illegal in Quebec!


In the summer of 2017, SHARK traveled to Canada to film 20 rodeo events in Montreal and St-Tite in Quebec. The evidence collected was the basis for a major report written by Law Professor Alain Roy of the Université de Montréal that concluded rodeos are illegal in Québec under the new Animal Welfare and Safety Act. The report has been submitted to the Rodeo Advisory Committee created in August 2017 by the Québec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. You can read the massive damning 610 page report and other documents HERE.

A critical element to analysing the video was the expertise of Dr. Jean-Jacques Kona-Boun, DMV, MSc, DACVAA, veterinarian and anesthesiologist who helped document and review the video database of 20 full rodeos, recorded in Montreal and St-Tite.

You can read Professor Roy’s full press release HERE.  In his report, Professor Roy thanks SHARK for our work: 

"I also express my deep appreciation to Mr. Steve Hindi and Mr. Michael Kobliska of Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), who volunteered to come from Chicago to observe and film all the rodeo trials in the Montréal and St-Tite...Their expertise allowed us to collect extremely detailed data of undeniable quality.”

We at SHARK believe it is important to use our expertise with filming and technology to help others in the struggle to save animals lives. We are glad to be a part of the effort showing that rodeos are illegal in Québec under the new Animal Welfare and Safety Act.

SHARK is the pre-eminent animal protection organization fighting against rodeos in the world. We document dozens of rodeos every year and have collected almost three decades of shocking video proving that animals are routinely injured and killed in rodeos nationwide. Our rodeo videos have received tens of millions of views on our YouTube channel.

To read the entire 610 page document prepared by Clicking Here.

Alabama Forestry Association Pigeon Shoot Exposed

 

 

 

 

 

March 5, 2018

DEAR FRIENDS,

On March 1, SHARK documented a cruel live pigeon shoot which was hosted by the Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) outside of Mobile, AL. Using our camera-equipped drone, we legally filmed the cruelty as hundreds of birds were thrown into the air and shot for fun.

 
Watch the video we've released to the media HERE.
 
This thug stood in the middle of a field, surrounded by shooters, and threw two to three birds at a time into the air to be shot
 
AFA wasn't expecting us and we took them completely by surprise. This was another successful mission for SHARK in going after previously private slaughters and exposing them to the world.

Two of the approximately twenty shooters at the Alabama Forestry Association shoot

After the shoot ended, SHARK activists went to the area used for the shoot and rescued twenty-six pigeons that were wounded and left to die. 

Due to the severity of their wounds, 22 birds died or were humanely euthanized, with four survivors remaining. We must note that the birds were extremely thin and malnourished, meaning they hadn’t been fed for days before the shoot. That is an added factor of cruelty to an already barbaric event.
 
One of the survivors SHARK rescued
 
The video link we've provided isn't the one we were going to use. We had a video that explained more about what happened. Very quickly after it went public, someone - presumably from the AFA - made a false complaint about the video, claiming it had improper tags. We didn't even know there was such a complaint, and it surely didn't apply to our video. We appealed, and we are confident the video will be unlocked soon. What this shows is that people who are cruel are also dishonest cowards willing to do anything to hide their true nature from the rest of the world. These cowards know that what they do is wrong, just like the cowards who shot our drones at the Broxton Bridge Plantation last month and in other places.
 
 
Alabama.com covered the story:
 
"Video footage showing dozens of pigeons lying dead on the ground and others limping was released Friday by an animal rights group that secretly filmed members of the Alabama Forestry Association taking part in a live pigeon shoot."

"We rescued as many as we could before nightfall," said Steve Hindi, president and founder of Showing Animals Respect & Kindness (SHARK), an animal rights group based in Illinois. "It was heartbreaking to leave knowing so many more were out there suffering. These birds are not eaten. The wounded are left to die slow, painful deaths from their wounds, predation or starvation."
 
We know that this is not the first time the Alabama Forestry Association has held a pigeon shoot. If it’s not the last, we will be back, with more people and equipment ready to save lives and expose the shooters for the thugs they are.

SHARK is the preeminent animal protection group fighting against pigeon shoots in our country. We’ve fought these disgusting shoots in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Maryland, South Carolina and now Alabama. We are the only ones doing this, the only ones who fight for the animals that no one else gives a second thought to.

Please consider supporting our work with a generous donation so that we may continue to be on the ground, documenting these horrors and saving what lives we can.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Alabama Forestry Association is a trade and lobbying organization for loggers and other well known paper businesses such as Georgia-Pacific and International Paper, who have representatives on its board and executive committee.

Please contact the Alabama Forestry Association and its member businesses and politely let them know that their cruelty will be exposed to the world and that they should never hold such a dishonorable event again. Please be polite and respectful:

 
AFA Executive Committee and Board of Directors

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Another victim of the Alabama Forestry Association
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SHARK 2017 Year in Review Part III

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2, 2017

DEAR FRIENDS,
 

Here is Part III of our end of year mailer.  Thank you again for all your support!
 


 
 
 
• The mailer was originally completed in early November, hence some of what is written is outdated, such as the opening lines belowWe have also added links to videos that have been released since the mailer went out.
 
As we are putting this mailer together, the pigeon shooting season at the notorious Philadelphia Gun Club is about to begin. Other pigeon shoot sites will also be ramping up. Pennsylvania's pigeons only hope lies with a handful of SHARK investigators, who will have to endure not only the violence of gun-toting thugs, but also careless and corrupt law enforcement and public officials. Walking away from the pigeons is simply not an option. Instead, SHARK is redoubling efforts against this vile cruelty.

SHARK has invested in the latest high-tech drones that have incredible magnification. That means that we will be able to document all aspects of pigeon shoots as never before. This is important because Pennsylvania has a new anti-animal cruelty law that makes committing cruelty a felony - a much more serious charge than what it was previously.  We intend to use this law to have shooters and shooting club owners charged with felonies for any violations of the law they commit, and to do that, we needed to have the latest and most advanced technology available.

SHARK is the only animal protection group to have someone at a pigeon shoot in Pennsylvania successfully prosecuted, and that happened at the gun club in 2016, when we filmed a worker torturing injured birds. The charges that followed, and the guilty plea of the worker, made history. That will be just the beginning.
 
Only SHARK had the courage to put a boat on the Delaware River and rescue wounded pigeons in the middle of a snowstorm

The Philadelphia Gun Club and seven of its members, desperate to stop us,  have filed another lawsuit, this time in Pennsylvania. This comes after they suffered major defeats when two previous lawsuits they filed - one in Federal court and the other in New Jersey - were dismissed. As with the suits we've already won, we will emerge victorious again. The problem is that it will cost a lot of money, just as it did to win the others.

Why is SHARK the only organization getting sued by the pigeon shooters? Very simply, because SHARK is the only organization that is effective at fighting pigeon shoots. Other far larger groups with hundreds of times our resources and personnel have walked away. This isn’t supposition; it’s what has actually happened. Allow me to give you just a quick history lesson regarding the oldest and most infamous pigeon shoot location - the Philadelphia Gun Club.

n 2009, SHARK was asked by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to film a pigeon shoot at the gun cub and we agreed. Once we arrived, we realized a boat was needed to rescue pigeons drowning in the river. Although HSUS has boats, our request to use one was refused! So, we bought our own boat. HSUS meanwhile, with hundreds of millions of dollars in the bank, walked away, never to return.
 
Two wounded birds SHARK rescued at the Philadelphia Gun Club

Every round trip to Pennsylvania is 1,600 miles for us. The time away from our families is stressful, and then there is the financial toll of frivolous lawsuits. Why haven't we abandoned Pennsylvania's pigeons as others have? Because we've watched the wounded victims plunging into the Delaware River and drowning in the freezing water. They desperately need our help and, even though we constantly face threats and harassment, we will not fail them.

I hope I can count on your support to help us go forward. Our team is ready to go, as you will see in coming weeks and months, but we need your support to fuel our efforts. We won't just talk - we'll show you our efforts in graphic and sometimes painful detail, but you will know that SHARK is on the front lines fighting for our voiceless friends with everything we have at our disposal.
 


Our new drones have  proven their worth by capturing unprecedented video of vicious acts of cruelty committed at a live pigeon shoot held at the Thunder Ridge canned hunt farm in Tioga County, PA, on October 28th, 2017. 

Our drones filmed workers pulling the heads off of still living pigeons

 • You can watch the video of this cruelty HERE, along with videos taken using the same drone at Wing Pointe in November HERE and HERE.


SHARK received a tip regarding a pigeon shoot that was going to be held in April at Schrader’s Bridgeton Manor, located in Maryland. The SHARK Team made the 1,600 mile round trip from Illinois. We were there waiting to document the shoot, but it didn't happen. Word got out about the shoot and Schrader's owner apparently believed (correctly) that we would show up. This was a major victory for the animals!