For the past year, SHARK has been fighting against live pigeon shoots in
PA. And while our focus has been on shoots held by private gun clubs
such as the ones held at the Philadelphia Gun Club, Erdman Sportsman's
Association and Pike Township Sportsmen's Association, there was one
place the shooters thought themselves safe: the Wing Pointe commercial
hunting grounds in Hamburg, PA.
Self-described as being "Resort Luxury for the Sport Shooting
Enthusiast," this last bastion of pigeon shooting cruelty thought
themselves immune to the public scrutiny that has engulfed the other
shoots. But that all ended this past Sunday as SHARK's "Octocopter" -
a remote controlled flying machine, with it's high-tech video camera,
recorded their terrible cruelty for the world to see.
As barbaric as the shoot itself was, what SHARK discovered the next day
was truly monstrous: Wing Pointe dumped the pigeons they had shot into a
large pile, but not all of the pigeons were dead; three wounded but
still living birds were found amongst the corpse pile.
What we found was a complete nightmare. Hundreds of dead birds, dumped
like garbage, yet within this mound of death and cruelty were three
sparks of life. Two did not survive, but one did and is receiving
medical care. What Wing Pointe did was not just vile and immoral, but we
believe illegal, and we are going to ask District Attorney John Adams to
hold them accountable under the law for that.
D.A. Adams, who has received campaign donations from pigeon shooters,
has previously directly interfered with and killed any attempt to have
cruelty citations filed against pigeon shoots. If he uses his power to
kill this complaint, we will expose this injustice and hold him to
Watch the video of SHARK's rescue of a pigeon from the death
pile and then call and write Governor Ed Rendell and
Governor-Elect Tom Corbett. Demand that they take action!
And let Corbett know that SHARK is going to continue to expose
pigeon shoots and that these filthy acts will haunt his
Both Rendell and Corbett will most likely answer that they can't
do anything. False. They are the most powerful men in
the state who hold extraordinary power, especially Corbett who
is Pennsylvania's top lawman.
Tell them that it's long past time for them to stop bowing to
the NRA and do their job!
Governor Edward G. Rendell's Office Phone: (717)
787-2500 Fax: (717) 772-8284
Steve Hindi and Your
SHARK Team "Kindness and compassion towards all
living beings is a mark of a civilized society. Racism, economic
deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting and rodeos are
all cut from the same defective fabric: violence. Only when we have
become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well
ourselves." - Cesar Chavez, civil rights and labor leader, founder of
the United Farm Workers