September 30, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY — The head of an animal rights group has asked for an investigation and charges following a fundraiser earlier this month for U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe where hundreds of pigeons were released and shot.
The animal rights group, Showing Animals Respect and Kindness — or SHARK — posted a video of the event that showed workers throwing birds into air to be shot by those attending the fundraiser, which was held in Kiowa County. Steve Hindi, SHARK president, alleges that the animals were tame.
In a letter to District Attorney John Wampler and Kiowa County Sheriff Bill Lancaster, Hindi said the event violates state animal cruelty statutes. He said the event involved about 1,000 pigeons.