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SHARK vs. Pigeon Shooter

Dear Friends,

On April 9, SHARK made an unannounced visit to the Long Beach Township Committee meeting, to confront town attorney Richard Shackleton about his vile and hate filled attack against two female activists outside the infamous Philadelphia Gun Club during the February 20, 2010 pigeon shoot. You can watch the video of what happened HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SH3mOm0nHE

The Press of Atlantic City, the major daily newspaper covering that area, ran a story today about Mr. Shackleton's obscene behavior. Again Mr. Shackleton admitted to and took complete ownership of his disgusting verbal assault.

This big, tough lawyer, who illegally shoots small defenseless animals catapulted out of boxes, and attacks women from the safety inside of his big SUV, seems to be suddenly quite upset that SHARK took pictures of him while he was pigeon shooting. That means we are doing our job! Claiming that we were "harassing" him when everything we did was legal and peaceful shows what incredible crybabies animal abusers are.

One thing for all of us to celebrate is that after over one hundred thirty years of slaughtering pigeons at the club, our efforts have shut those killing parties down, in spite of all their money and political clout. It shows what a small group of determined individuals can do.

You can go to the newspaper site and leave a comment about what you think about Mr. Shackleton HERE:
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/press/ocean/article_9150cfc0-4a4e-11df-8a69-001cc4c03286.html

Please contact the Mayor and two Commissioners of Long Beach Township and let him know what you think about Mr. Shackleton's sickening words and request his dismissal as township solicitor.

Mayor Joseph H. Mancini mancini@longbeachtownship.com
Commissioner Bill Knarre knarre@longbeachtownship.com
Commissioner Ralph H. Bayard rbayard@longbeachtownship.com

Please help SHARK continue to shutdown illegal pigeon shoots by donating Here. http://www.sharkonline.org/?P=0000000502

Kindest Regards,
Steve Hindi and Your SHARK Team


The Press of Atlantic City: Richard Shackleton says members of an animal rights group were harassing him

By DONNA WEAVER, Staff Writer | Posted: Saturday, April 17, 2010 |

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP - Township Solicitor Richard Shackleton said he has nothing to apologize for after an animal-rights group videotaped him shooting live pigeons at a Philadelphia gun club.

In the video, which was shot by Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, or SHARK, Shackleton curses at the two women who videotaped him taking part in the live pigeon shoot Feb. 20 outside the gun club. The video has been posted to the Web site YouTube.

Stuart Chaifetz, an investigator in Cherry Hill, attended the Long Beach Township meeting April 9 to confront Shackleton and the Board of Commissioners. He said Shackleton said the most horrible thing he could say to a woman and then he drove away.

"This was such a horrible, hateful thing he did. I wanted to confront him in public about it. We were going to give him a chance to apologize or at least at some level he would be held accountable for what he did," said Chaifetz, of Cherry Hill, Camden County.

"I'm happy to say that what I said, I meant every word of it," Shackleton told Chaifetz.

SHARK is an animal rights group headquartered in Geneva, Ill. The group's president, Steve Hindi, said pigeon shoots are competitions in which thousands of live birds are shot to win prizes. A typical three-day contest can kill and injure as many as 15,000 birds, he said. They're illegal in most states, but are permitted in Pennsylvania.

"These are ugly, nasty events that attract ugly, nasty people," Hindi said.
Shackleton said he travels to Pennsylvania to participate in the pigeon shoots because it is the most difficult form of shotgun shooting.

According to Shackleton, SHARK members have been harassing members of the Philadelphia Gun Club all season.

"They've accused the members of criminal conduct and took photos of us without our permission," Shackleton said.

Hindi said several police reports were filed against Shackleton and other members of the club with the Bensalem Police Department but that police have not filed any charges.

Marianne Bessey, of Lansdowne, Pa., was one of the two women standing outside the club for about eight hours Feb. 20, videotaping members as they left.

"At the time that Mr. Shackleton drove out, I was standing on a public access on the side of the road closest to his truck and he yelled it right at me. I have a very good recollection of his face," Bessey said.

"I still have trouble with it. But on the other hand, he goes inside a gun club and shoots innocent pigeons for fun, so it must be in character for him to say such a vile remark," she said.

After the exchange between Shackleton and Chaifetz, township Mayor Joseph Mancini asked if the comments had anything to do with township business. He then suggested Chaifetz discuss the issue at Shackleton's Ship Bottom law offices.

On Thursday, Shackleton said the matter had been turned over to his attorneys for further review. Chaifetz said SHARK believes Shackleton's comments violate the Pennsylvania obscenity law.

A New Jersey Bar Association representative referred a request for comment to the state's Office of Attorney Ethics, which did not return a telephone call.

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