Practical Issues > "To Do" Index > Activism
Canned Pigeon Hunt Exposed on CNN Headline NEWS

United Poultry Concerns
30 September 2010

Canned Pigeon Hunt Exposed on CNN Headline NEWS show TONIGHT alerted UPC to the CNN TV Show that is highlighting a pigeon shoot story tonight. HERE is the information:

TONIGHT: Animal Activist and Television Host Jane Velez-Mitchell will expose the October 3 Pigeon Shoot in PA thanks to SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness

Please set your recorders and share the news so that this segment earns great ratings. Good ratings on these animal stories encourage places like CNN to do more animal protection stories!

WATCH: Issues: With Jane Velez-Mitchell
Headline News Channel
7pm EST (4pm PST)

And be sure to give them positive feedback!
Send a positive message to CNN:

If you know reporters that might be interested in carrying the story, there is information below and FREE video (courtesy of they can use here:

15,000 Domestic Birds to be Shot for Target Practice

Activists travel to Pennsylvania almost every week to attend the pigeon shoots and document the event. They point out that Pennsylvania's Animal Cruelty Law, Title 18, section 5511, prohibits a person from wantonly or cruelly ill-treating or abusing any animal. The law also prohibits neglect, abandonment, and deprivation of food, drink, shelter, or veterinary care. Pigeon shoots violate every one of these prohibitions. All of the information including videos can be downloaded below or at

Pigeon shoots are competitions wherein hundreds to thousands of live birds are shot at to win prizes. A typical 3-day shoot contest can kill and injure up to 15,000 birds. The next canned pigeon shoot event is scheduled for October 3, 2010.

The pigeons are captured and collected for weeks ahead of time, then released from trap boxes only yards away from the so-called "sportsmen". The birds are generally dazed and suffering from dehydration or starvation as they are sprung out of the boxes.

Rather than mercifully being given a quick death, 70% of the birds are injured when shot and either left to suffer slow deaths or collected and killed by pigeon shoot "trapper boys" or "wringers", traditionally children, who break their necks, step on them, tear off wings, suffocate them, or cut off their heads with garden shears, among other abuses.

Pigeon shoots are nothing more than a vile excuse for entertainment for the dull-witted or psychopathic. Illegal in other countries and in all but a couple of American states, most people realize the despicable nature of these bird-killing contests.

Activists vow to take the war against Pennsylvania's remaining live pigeon shoots directly to the people, aided by a $1 million gift from former television personality Bob Barker.

Legislation is pending in both the Pennsylvania House and Senate (H.B. 1411/S.B. 843) to ban the killing of animals launched for trap shoots or tied in place for block shoots. Activists say: Vote YES on H.B. 1411/S.B. 843 to stop live animal shoots.


SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 by Steve Hindi. With a small core of volunteers and approved humane investigators, SHARK battles tirelessly against bullfighting, pigeon shoots, turkey shoots, canned hunts (and all hunting), rodeos, circuses, zoos, and marine parksÂ… any issue that involves violation of the innate rights of living creatures.

Contact: Steve Hindi President/Founder
Phone: 630-557-0176

United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. Don't just switch from beef to chicken. Go Vegan.

Fair Use Notice and Disclaimer
Send questions or comments about this web site to Ann Berlin,