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Originally Posted: January 19, 2013
[Ed. Note: UPDATE January 25, 2013: SHARK discovered, as they feared, that the netted pigeons were NOT sent to a farmer, but to a notorious Indiana pigeon shooter named Herbert (Bud) Govert, Jr. of Lake County, Indiana. Contact Alderman James Cappleman to politely request that he provide assurances that there will be no more pigeon-napping.]
Contact Chicago Alderman Cappleman's office and ask him where are the pigeons, who took them and why?
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has reportedly launched a criminal investigation into allegations pigeons have been scooped up in Chicago, and improperly transported to Indiana.
Alderman James Cappleman
4544 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
phone (773) 878-4646
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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Like any big town, Chicago, Illinois is beset with weighty issues: crime, taxes, business conditions, etc. For one Chicago alderman, however, his biggest concern appears to be pigeons.
Alderman James Cappleman is fixated on pigeons, saying there are far too many of them. Alderman Cappleman invited a mysterious, unnamed farmer to come in and trap pigeons for removal to Indiana.
Pigeons baited, netted and taken where? Alderman Cappleman isn't saying.
That's quite a story, considering that no farmer wants to bring pigeons to his property. Farmers consider pigeons to be pests. Even more interesting is that such removal appears to violate both Illinois and Indiana laws.
The removal of the pigeons violates The Illinois Humane Care for Animals Act, and the state of Indiana requires a permit for bringing in pigeons. No such permit has been issued in some ten years according to Indiana officials.
We are trying to get to the bottom of this, but Alderman Cappleman has now decided it's time to hide. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has reportedly launched a criminal investigation into allegations pigeons have been scooped up in Chicago, and improperly transported to Indiana.
CBS Chicago television has been diligently reporting on this story for four nights. CBS interviewed me on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday about this outrage.
We are offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can give us evidence leading to the identity of the pigeon trappers.
If the pigeon shoot mafia thinks they can get away with this kind of thing in our backyard, they are in for a nasty surprise, even if they do have a Chicago alderman in their pocket.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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