June 6, 2018
This past Saturday, June 2, SHARK stunned pigeon shooters at what they thought was at an inaccessible shoot location in a remote area of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. As their license plates showed, shooters came from New Jersey, New York and Virginia and elsewhere. They thought they could get away with murder, SHARK proved them wrong.
As soon as the Angel drone took to the air and focused its high-powered camera on the pigeon shooters, the pigeon shooters hastily put up a tarp to cover the entrance to the shack where shot pigeons are dumped. That's because our cameras have filmed them dumping live pigeons in barrels and committing animal torture. Rather than stop the cruelty, the cowards instead turn to a literal cover-up. Our Angel drone recorded everything and held its position.
Like the violent psychopaths they are, one of the killers shot our Angel with a rifle. The PA State Police were called to the scene. They took a long time to arrive, but we must say they did an excellent job of securing the evidence and beginning an investigation. One of the officers acknowledged in front of our cameras that this was a criminal act. An inspection of the drone revealed it took two shots to bring it down. The Troopers spent considerable time questioning shoot participants.
That the State Police took this as seriously as they did left a dire impression with the shooters, so when we launched our second Angel, the shooters didn't try to stop our Angel drone. In the end, we were able to freely record hours of the shooters and the shoot itself. The State Police now have a criminal event to investigate serious violations of both state and federal law.
Steve Hindi legally piloted the drone from the public easement off of the road. We had a direct view of the shooting area
At this point, we have no choice but to once again talk about how groups that claim they are fighting for pigeons in PA once again totally failed them. At the end of 2017, when SHARK used the latest high magnification drone technology to document pigeon shoots held at both Thunder Ridge and Wing Pointe, the pigeon shooters publicly announced that they were cancelling their shoot schedule, while secretly rescheduling their shoot schedule so that SHARK would not be able to find and film them again.
Because of this, SHARK asked representatives of groups supposedly fighting for pigeons, such as HSUS, Humane PA and the Federated Humane Societies of PA, to help us by scouting out different locations and letting us know when shoots were occurring. We asked them because we are based more than 700 miles away, it takes many hours for us to get to these locations, while these groups have local members who could easily check locations without such hardship. In the end, not one of them did anything to help.
Because saving lives and exposing cruelty is SHARK’s only mission, we did the hard leg work to find the shoot and prepare for it. Our investigators were at the pigeon shoot for an exhausting 12 hours Saturday, and that doesn’t include the many hours and thousands of miles accumulated by our investigators to get to the where the shoot was held. Compare that effort to groups within PA who didn’t lift a finger to help these birds and you can understand why it is so necessary for us to continue to talk about this.
Our Angel drones captured a great deal of cruelty and we will begin to release that footage very soon. In the meantime, please understand that it is only by your generous financial support that SHARK was able to pull off this endeavor. Our $15,000 drone is demolished. This is a tremendous blow to our operation, but we will not be deterred. We need your help to recoup our loss for the animals.
The following day, an annual pigeon shoot was held at the Erdman’s Sportsmen Association in Lykens, PA. Unlike the shoot on Saturday, there was a news article about this shoot, so it was publicly known it was going to happen. Even with this foreknowledge, only SHARK showed up, which again speaks to the fact that while others claim to want to stop shoots, they won’t even go to ones that are announced.
In the article, Mike Romberger with Erdman's Sportsmen's Association states:
May 31, 2018
May 30, 2018
Yesterday we went public with our video of a horse who was killed at the Cowtown Rodeo, located in Pilesgrove, NJ. A SHARK investigator was on-site and filmed what happened. You can read the update we sent out yesterday HERE.
Animal-rights group: Video shows Cowtown Rodeo abusing horse
Cruelty or tragedy? Horse at N.J. rodeo dies in front of 2,000 spectators
Horse dies at NJ rodeo — animal group slams ‘cruelty’ on video
Horse Dies at South Jersey Rodeo — Animal Group Slams ‘Cruelty’ on Video
Two notes about comments made by Cowtown regarding this story. They refer to Night Watch as "Z13," most likely in an attempt to portray her as a piece of property and not a living animal. However, as she was in the stall a short time before she would be killed, they publicly announced her name as being "Night Watch."
Cowtown also doesn't like the fact that we have exposed they sent 9 horses to auction, who were then sold to slaughter. Please watch the video we released called "Cowtown Rodeo Horses Sent to Slaughter," for the evidence of what happened to the horses Cowtown betrayed.
And if you think the rodeo thugs present were heartbroken over the death of Night Watch, just look at the smile on this guy's face as he held her down as she was dying.