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SHARK Rescues 21 Wounded Birds After Horrific Live Pigeon Shoot

Dec. 7, 2010


On Sunday December 5, SHARK video documented a five hour long live pigeon shoot that was held at the Wing Pointe hunting resort in Hamburg PA. After documenting and witnessing a large number of pigeons that had been shot, wounded and left to die, the following day SHARK activists surveyed the shooting area to assess the situation. What we found was shocking; dozens of wounded and crippled birds were strewn across the field and surrounding brush.

Every time we turned we saw another wounded bird and we rescued every one that we could. No one - neither the shooters nor Wing Pointe personnel - cared about the vast number of dying birds they left behind. It is unfathomable how soulless you have to be to cause such unbelievable suffering just for pleasure.

SHARK was only able to rescue those birds who were so badly injured that they could not fly away. Though we were able to save 21 birds, it was but a fraction of those birds who were shot, yet could escape capture.

Beyond the shooting area are extremely sharp thorn bushes. We found one bird that had escaped the killing field only to have fallen and impaled herself on them. We tore our clothes and skin trying to rescue others trapped in there. Sadly, even those birds who could not fly could run under the thorn bushes which were as fierce as barbed wire. It was just a complete nightmare and unnecessary tragedy.

It must be noted that, though there were gusting winds on the the day of the shoot, our Angel remote controlled helicopter was in the air and recording the massacre. At one point we were able to view where they were throwing the dead birds after a round of killing. The shooters, who had spotted the Angel, panicked and tried to hide what they were doing by moving the barrel and concealing their actions. It's clear that they fear our eye in the sky and the truth it exposes.

This is important because the first time we videotaped at Wing Pointe the barrels were out in the open and we recorded every cruel thing they did, including throwing still living birds in with the dead ones. With SHARK keeping the pressure on them, we are forcing them into a smaller and smaller corner where they have to find new means to try to hide what they are doing. I guess they are just too stupid to realize it's not going to work. We are going to continue to expose them.

Video of the rescue can be seen here

The birds were taken to the Kutztown Veterinary hospital and SHARK is setting up a special fund for people to donate to the medical treatment these poor animals will need, which is expected to run into thousands of dollars.

We will also be looking for caring and responsible members of the public who can adopt these innocent victims once they are healed.


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Two survivors SHARK rescued from a slow and painful death on the killing fields of Wing Pointe

Pennsylvania Activists Rise to the Call!

SHARK is grateful for the turn out of Pennsylvania activists for the Wing Pointe protest on Sunday. It was a true testament to their strength and courage and a sign that the tide is going to change. We are also proud to announce that Pamela Murray will be our coordinator for all activity in Pennsylvania. This is especially good news as it means we will be able to turn up the pressure on corrupt Berks County District Attorney John Adams who has done nothing but protect pigeon shooters and the terrible cruelty they inflict.

If you are in PA and want to join the fight locally, please contact Pamela at 215 272 6032 or EMAIL her.

Kindest Regards,
Steve Hindi and Your SHARK Team

"Kindness and compassion towards all living beings is a mark of a civilized society. Racism, economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting and rodeos are all cut from the same defective fabric: violence. Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves." - Cesar Chavez, civil rights and labor leader, founder of the United Farm Workers

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