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.
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.
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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.