As you know, SHARK has worked
tirelessly to stop illegal, horrific
live pigeon shoots held at the
Philadelphia Gun Club (PGC). Twice a
month from November to March, wealthy
and politically connected animal abusers
slaughter birds for fun. Each club
member shoots at dozens of birds. Over
the course of their five-month killing
season, there are thousands of victims.
Some are killed, but many others are
left to suffer slow lingering deaths on
surrounding properties and still others
are left to drown in the Delaware River
that borders the club's property.
Back in 2009, when our attention
was drawn to PGC shoots, there used to
be thirty or more vehicles with multiple
shooters inside. Our cameras scared a
number of them away, especially when
their faces started showing up on our
websites and YouTube videos.
Sean Corr (left) and then President of
the PGC, Leo Holt at a pigeon shoot in
2009. Holt viciously killed pigeons with
his own hands. Watch the video of him
doing that HERE.
At this same shoot, Corr, who is the
lawyer for the PGC, assaulted SHARK
president Steve Hindi. Watch the video
of Corr's assault HERE.
In late 2013, the PGC sued SHARK,
apparently believing that we would pull
back out of fear. We instead shifted
into high gear. In February, a SHARK
investigator filmed pigeon shooter Carl
Badenhausen, illegally driving on
Interstate 95 with his license plates
Carl Badenhausen driving with
covered plates on I-95 in PA. You can
watch the video
The shooters weren't expecting us
to do that. Once they saw that we were
willing to document their illegal
activity beyond the confines of Bensalem
Township (where the PGC is located, and
where the police turn a blind eye) they
realized there is no escape from SHARK.
The shooters got scared, and only half
of them showed up at the next shoot.
A masked driver with covered
plates, later revealed to be William
We shifted gears again. At the
next shoot, three of us stepped in front
of a vehicle with a masked driver and
covered plates about to leave the PGC to
block it from illegally driving on the
road. The killers weren't expecting us
to do that either. It took an assault by
one of the club's security people (a
retired Bensalem police officer) to
clear a way for the vehicle to quickly
make a run for it.
David Clee, PGC head of security,
assaulting president Steve Hindi.
At the next shoot, March 8, 2014,
even fewer shooters attended, just a
half-dozen shooter vehicles. That shoot
was so small it lasted only a couple of
hours, meaning that hundreds of birds
that would have been killed at a normal
shoot were spared a tragic fate.
After having decimated the attendance at
the PGC shoots, to the point were only a
handful of people attended, we wondered
what would happen at the next shoot.
Two weeks later, March 22, we upped the
ante once more by having large,
three-foot-tall signs made showing the
faces and names of PGC shooters that we
had identified. We know how much the PGC
members despise being outed, for they
know their bloodlust will be
embarrassing if exposed, so these signs
were a way for us to show them that we
will continue to fight their violence
someone driving an expensive Porsche
sports car, apparently a shooter, left
the PGC compound. This was a clear sign
there was going to be a shoot. A short
time later, the PGC's head of security
showed up, as he always does for a
shoot. We were prepared, and we
waited…but nothing happened. After a
while, the head of security left, and
there was no pigeon shoot that day. A
month after we filmed Carl Badenhausen,
two weeks after we blocked the masked
driver with covered plates, the PGC was
set to have another shoot, yet it did
We thought that maybe the shoot was
delayed to the following week, so this
past Saturday, March 29, we were there
again, this time with even more signs of
PGC shooters, 11 in total.
I am very pleased to announce that
yet again there was no pigeon shoot. In
fact, a local source informed us that
the shoot had been cancelled!
This is a huge victory!!!
Thousands of lives have been saved
due to the shrinking shoots, and now
even more pigeons will not be subjected
to a living hell. Adding to the victory,
we now know what works for keeping these
cowardly shooters away and we are fully
prepared to implement these strategies
and more if they shoot again next year.
Everything has changed in the battle
against the PGC's pigeon shoots.
This change has come by the sheer
force of will and determination by the
SHARK team. I am proud and humbled to be
able to work with this small, but
oh-so-very dedicated group of people.
We've stood up against a corrupt
district attorney, mayor and township
council, corrupt police and local media
that has no interest in exposing the
truth and in the process rocking the
SHARK investigator Janet Enoch rescues a
wounded pigeon that was drowning in the
Delaware River during a pigeon shoot at
the PGC. No one does this but SHARK.
Our victory has not come cheap;
SHARK has spent a lot of money fighting
the PGC. You may remember that animal
protection hero Bob Barker gave us a
substantial grant in 2009, asking us to
focus heavily on Pennsylvania pigeon
shoots. We've done that and more, but
now we can really use your help.
Already in 2014, the Illinois team
has travelled more than 13,000 miles to
expose PGC shoots. We are still facing a
meritless lawsuit by the PGC which is
intended to financially bleed us. In the
meantime, two "humane" organizations,
the Women's Humane Society, and the
Bucks County SPCA, each of whom is
located near the PGC, and each of whom
has many millions of dollars in the
bank, have done nothing and saved no
Do we like having to travel
thousands of miles to fight vicious
animal cruelty while these local humane
groups sit on their hands? No! Why do we
do it? Because of the suffering and the
pain caused to thousands of innocent
animals every year. How can the
directors of these supposed
humane groups collect huge paychecks
while all that blood is spilled just
miles from their offices?
SHARK rescued this baby pigeon
from a shoot held at the PGC. Someone
had cut her head with a knife, torturing
the bird before she ever became a target
for vile fun.
That is what makes SHARK different;
we act and we save lives. Please support
us and help us to continue to win
victories for the animals.
VICTORY: Macy's No Longer Sponsoring
California Rodeo Salinas!
Last summer, SHARK launched a campaign to
stop Macy's from sponsoring the cruel California
Rodeo Salinas. Today we are pleased to announce
that Macy's is not listed as a sponsor for the
Thanks to all of you who reached out to
Macy's! It is dedicated activists like
yourselves that make these campaigns successful
for the animals.