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.
After an historic vote in the Pennsylvania Senate to ban horrific live pigeon shoots, and Governor Tom Corbett's announcement he would sign the bill into law, the decades long battle to end these vicious and cruel slaughters – where pigeons are used as living targets and shot at for fun – was in sight Monday.
And yet it did not happen. Why? Because House Majority Leader Mike Turzai betrayed the people of Pennsylvania and refused to allow the bill to be voted on.
Even though Turzai promised he would bring the bill to a vote, he caved to special interest pressure from the NRA and wealthy pigeon shooters. This coming year, when tens of thousands of innocent animals will be shot, wounded, maimed, and killed, all that blood and suffering will be on his hands.
Please contact Leader Turzai and ask why he broke his word and betrayed the overwhelming number of Pennsylvania residents who want pigeon shoots banned. Please be polite and respectful.
October 17, 2014
In history-making action Wednesday the Pennsylvania Senate voted overwhelmingly to end live pigeon shoots.
The passage of House Bill 1750 was not the final vote, but it represented a milestone in the history of animal welfare in the Commonwealth.
It was the first time the upper chamber of the General Assembly ever voted on a pigeon bill and the first time in 20 years a full floor vote on pigeon shoot legislation was held.
Gov. Corbett, through a spokesman, told The Inquirer Thursday he will sign the bill if it clears the House on its final voting day on Monday.
From now until November 30th, 2014 we need your help!
When Pennsylvania legislators return to work on September 15, one of the bills that could come up for a vote would ban PA’s infamous live pigeon shoots. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is predictably working very hard to keep that bill from coming to a vote.
As this update is being sent out, SHARK investigator Stu Chaifetz is holding a press conference at the state Capitol building in Harrisburg. Stu will show reporters the 30 second television ad exposing the horror of these killing contests.The ad features game show host legend Bob Barker speaking out against the cruelty of pigeon shoots, while graphic images of the killing contests are shown. You can view the ad for yourself here:
HARRISBURG, PA – A new statewide television commercial – narrated by legendary game show host Bob Barker and graphically showing gross animal cruelty at Pennsylvania pigeon shoots – will be unveiled here Tuesday. It's expected to air on CNN, FoxNews and other networks this week.
The news conference to preview the commercial and details of the campaign will be held TUESDAY/SEPT. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the State Capitol Rotunda.
Via Maya van Rossumon
Apr 24, 2014
Imagine a beautiful day out on a boat enjoying the sun and the beauty of the river. Suddenly shots ring out.
Shot fragments and bits of lead, steel, and other metals are raining down all around you. How can it be that you are in this beautiful public place on a scenic recreational river, and yet be at risk for a face full of shot fragments?
What if you had brought your family, your children?
You turn to look where the shots are coming from, and you see a curtain of fabric. The shots are coming from behind (and over and through) the curtain. Hidden behind that curtain is a live pigeon shoot, and the shooters are aiming their guns toward the river you are boating on.
How can this be allowed to happen?
From the Bucks County Democrat website (1-31-2010):
HECKLER ROAD RAGE REPORT
You be the judge.... Read the the complete police report from the assault complaint filed against David Heckler. By his own admission, David Heckler described himself as "pompous and overbearing" when he accosted a young man who he alleged failed to stop at a stop sign. In the police report, Heckler himself admits to reaching into a complete stranger's car and striking the driver's hat off his head and then attempting to block the young man's attempt to exit his own vehicle. Read the road rage report for yourself by clicking here. The entire 14 page report will download as a PDF document. The name of the victim has been redacted.
(Click Picture to Enlarge)
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: