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Animal-welfare group releases video of Pa. pigeon shoot

HARRISBURG - The images are stark: men and teenagers drop-kicking wounded pigeons like footballs, stomping on them, slamming them against their heels until they explode.

The Illinois-based group SHark (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness) says the images from a Berks County pigeon shoot last month are evidence that the shoots - the topic of a decades-long debate in the Capitol - violate state animal cruelty laws and that legislators and law enforcement should stop them.

"This is the worst cruelty I've seen in 20 years of doing this," said SHark spokesman Stuart Chaifetz.

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