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15 December 2011 Issue

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Major Undercover Operation by SHARK Exposes Horrific Cruelty at Berks County Live Pigeon Shoot

Pigeon Shoot Death Pile (Wing Pointe luxury resort)

By: Steve Hindi, Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK)

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.

Pigeon Shoot Dead Pile, Some Still Alive

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 public condemnation.

Take Action!

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 administration.

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.

Visit SHARK:

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

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett
Phone: 717-787-3391
Fax: 717-787-8242

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