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Delaware River Keeper sues Philadelphia Gun Club over pigeon shoots

For three decades animal welfare activists have waged a Quixotic struggle to stop live pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania.

They have battled gun clubs with powerful local constituents, they have fought the gun lobby which controls Harrisburg and waged war with district attorneys who regularly block attempts by humane officers to file cruelty charges for the inhumane treatment of wounded birds.

Several years ago the animal rights group SHARK won the support and financial backing of game show legend Bob Barker. His million-dollar donation has financed lawyers and high tech equipment to document the brutality of pigeon shoots (see video at SHARK site ) but they have not been able to halt the shoots through legislative or court action.

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