Pigeon shoots are vile competitions where thousands of birds are shot, killed or suffer terrible wounds and crippling pain.
These innocent animals are neither fed nor given water for days before the shooting starts, so that they will be easier targets. Suffering from dehydration and starvation, they are then launched out of small wooden boxes and into a storm of gunfire. Wracked with pain from searing buckshot lacerations, some will twist and fall from the sky with broken wings and backs. Other will escape, though death comes slowly for these poor birds for it may take days for them to succumb to their wounds.
MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue saves domestic (unreleasable) birds that would otherwise be killed in San Francisco Bay Area animal shelters. They provide vet care, foster homes, and adoptions. MickaCoo rescued 186 birds in 2012!
In October 2011, following a live pigeon shoot, SHARK's Angel copter caught Wing Pointe personnel burning not only pigeons, but also tires. Burning tires releases numerous toxins and is an environmental nightmare.
Unfortunately but predictably, the state has chosen to give Wing Pointe owner Joseph Solana, Jr. a pass, merely cautioning him not to do it again. No fine or penalty of any kind. That's how the game works in PA. Pigeon shooters get away with anything and everything - or at least they did until SHARK came on the scene.
You can read the PA DEP report by clicking here.
You can see the videotape below:
See what happens to the pigeons killed and injured after a live pigeon shoot in Pennsylvania.
This video and photographs were shot at Wing Pointe, a killing club for bloodthirsty animal serial killers located at 1414 Moselem Road, outside Hamburg, Pennsylvania, in Berks County.
SHARK has waged a three-month long campaign calling for the resignation of John C. Sigler, Chairman of the Delaware Republican party, due to the horrendous acts of animal cruelty he commits when he participates in cruel, live pigeon shoots at the notorious Philadelphia Gun Club, located in Bucks County, PA.
SHARK first revealed that Sigler was a pigeon shooter in a YouTube video published on March 9, 2013. You can view that video HERE. A little more than a month later, on April 17, 2013, SHARK investigator Stu Chaifetz travelled to the Delaware State House where Sigler had just spoken at an NRA rally. Chaifetz confronted Sigler after the rally and said, "You've been asked to resign because you've committed animal cruelty at pigeon shoots."
SHARK has documented unbelievable and horrifying cruelty at the Wing Pointe canned hunting resort in Pennsylvania. From shooters wounding, crippling and killing thousands of birds, to trapper boys beating, crushing and throwing still living birds into corpse barrels - and then dumping them into a mass dead pile where these poor birds die slowly over the course of days - Wing Pointe and its owner Joseph Solana Jr. have proven to be responsible for some of the worst cases of animal cruelty we have ever seen. You can learn more about Solana here.
Game Show Icon Bob Barker speaks out about Pennsylvania's infamously cruel live pigeon shoots. Mr. Barker is the former host of The Price is Right and Truth or Consequences game shows.
The use of live pigeons for target/pleasure shooting is obviously despicable, but the horror does not end when the shooting stops. Left to suffer and die, the wounded but still living animals face unspeakable agony. Unable to fly, injured pigeons are exposed to the elements, including freezing rain, snow and ice. With open and infected injuries, the end is slow and arduous. Days may pass before the relief of death finally comes.
On September 30th, 2012, SHARK investigators documented one of the most horrific pigeon shoots ever documented. It happened at the Wing Pointe canned hunt resort, in very corrupt Berks County, Pennsylvania. Watch the video here.
Dear Ms. Irwin,
As you are aware, SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) has for years documented indefensible animal abuse and cruelty in violation of Pennsylvania Humane Law 5511 at the Philadelphia Gun Club (PGC) in Bensalem Township.
On March 2, 2013, another live pigeon shoot was held at the PGC. SHARK was there from before the start until after it was over. Predictably, we recorded numerous instances of animal cruelty beyond the cruelty of the illegal shoot itself, and have put some of the evidence into a video that is on YouTube for you to view. Here is the video: