Pigeon shoots are vile competitions where thousands of birds are shot, killed or suffer terrible wounds and crippling pain and are left to slowly die in the surrounding area or if retrieved, they are just thrown away - some while still alive.
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 given an electrical shock and launched out of a small wooden box 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. Some may drown in the freezing Delaware River and others are crippled and make easy targets for predation.
All of this suffering, all of this pain and torture, happens because a few people take pleasure in such blood sport. If we are to call ourselves a civilized society, then we must forever ban live pigeon shoots.
SHARK is currently focused on pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania, the last state to allow them to openly take place. Click here to read the very latest in SHARK's efforts to end this vile bloodsport once and for all and find out what you can do to help.