October 7, 2015
Last Wednesday, SHARK Investigator Stu Chaifetz learned the hard way that while
former NRA president and ex-Delaware GOP Chair John Sigler (who SHARK has filmed
at an illegal live pigeon shoot in Pennsylvania) loves the 2nd Amendment, his
support of free speech is somewhat lacking.
Watch the video HERE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2zuzZ47gNU)
John Sigler, a moment before he grabbed Chaifetz
Sigler grabbing Chaifetz's arm, filmed on the second camera
SHARK learned that Sigler would be speaking at a Delaware Firearms Law Seminar
in Wilmington, Delaware on September 30th 2015, which was hosted by the Delaware
Association of Second Amendment Lawyers. Part of the seminar dealt with ethical
Chaifetz registered for the seminar, paid the attendance fee and, when called
upon, asked why Sigler, who shoots pigeons for fun, was speaking at a seminar
that dealt with ethics. A visibly angered Sigler rose from his chair in the
front of the room and walked all the way to the back to where Chaifetz was
sitting. Sigler then seized Chaifetz's arm, squeezed it tight and tried to
take Chaifetz's cell phone, which was filming the event.
Immediately after the assault, Sigler ordered Chaifetz to leave. When Chaifetz
asked Sigler if he was going to touch him again if he didn't, Sigler replied,
"Yep, if you don't get out of here."
Sigler's actions were outrageous and his behavior exposes the violence and
serious hypocrisy that exists within the NRA and pigeon shooters; they claim to
love freedom - except when they are being called out for their unethical
actions. The other thing that cannot be ignored is that this room was filled
with lawyers, none of whom said a word about Sigler's outrageous actions. It
appears they only care about freedom and the constitution when it comes to guns.
Sigler shooting innocent pigeons for fun
A criminal complaint was filed against Sigler for the assault. We will update
you as events unfold.
Please politely contact the Delaware Association of Second Amendment Lawyers and
ask them why they are about the Second Amendment but trample the First. Also ask
them why they allowed an assault to take place at their seminar.
As part of SHARK's continuing investigation of US Senator Jim Inhofe's cruel
live pigeon shoot fundraiser, we made a Freedom of Information Act Request to
the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR). The BOR is a federal agency, and owns the land
used for the pigeon shoot.
The letters we received from the BOR revealed stunning information about
criminal activity that occurred. The letters also confirmed that the political
fundraiser should never have been held on BOR property. The letters were
particularly damning of Tom Buchanan, the manager of the land. SHARK previously
filed an ethics complaint against Buchanan.
Watch the video detailing this HERE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhcEOkF2Y_I)
One of the many victims of Senator Inhofe's pigeon shoot. The BOR found the
property to be "littered with countless rotting pigeon carcasses.
Read the letters from the BOR HERE (http://www.sharkonline.org/images/handouts/inhofe_foia_response1.pdf)
The following is a summary of what the letters state:
1. The land that Senator Inhofe used for the shoot/fundraiser was in fact
federal property. The fundraiser never should never have been held there. This
is proof that we were 100% correct in stating that Inhofe violated the law by
holding his political fundraiser on federal property.
2. The Bureau discovered that a "burn pit" was on the federal property
which contained building debris and tires. Burning tires by itself is
explicitly illegal for the hazardous waste it produces. Mr. Buchanan's use of
federal property as a dump site demonstrates more violations of environmental
3. A brick structure was constructed on the property which was used for
the pigeon shoot. When SHARK's investigator was on site, he overheard it
said that this was built specifically to hold pigeon shoots on the property. The
Bureau ordered that it be torn down.
4. Bureau inspectors reported that, "The site is littered with countless rotting
pigeon carcasses, clay targets, shotgun shells, spent brass, water bottles,
cardboard, plastic packaging and other refuse."
The dumping of rotting pigeon corpses is a direct tie between Senator Inhofe and
his fundraiser, and violations of environmental law.
5. The Bureau found "At least two unauthorized game feeders and associated
hunting blinds." That means that either the federal land was being used
for Buchanan's his own hunting desires, or it was being farmed out as a bait and
kill operation for others. Either way, it showed the obscene lengths that
federal property was being illegally used.
The Bureau letters also state: "Please remember that activities other than
routine operation and maintenance (O&M) of the project must be approved by
Reclamation and are subject to review and disclosure under the National
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)."
This is important, as it shows that not only did the specific acts (pigeon shoot
political fundraiser, burn pit, dumping of bodies/garbage, bait and kill sites,
discharge of firearms and explosives) by themselves violate federal law, but
that each and every one of those acts also violated NEPA.
While we greatly appreciate the work the Bureau has done in investigating the
misuse of federal property, the crimes committed on the property were so blatant
and so serious that those responsible must be held accountable. That is
why SHARK has sent all of these documents to the Office of Inspector General for
the Department of the Interior.
SHARK Exposes Corrupt US Senator Jim Inhofe (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86xu6o7Q8dU)
This year Senator Inhofe and his sick friends not only slaughtered a thousand
live pigeons, but someone in his party shot SHARK's camera-equipped, remote
controlled aircraft, called the Angel. The shooting was not only illegal, but an
incredibly stupid move, given that the aircraft had already documented Inhofe's
cruelty. That means that the shooting didn't prevent us from documenting
Inhofe's crimes, but merely added to them. The shooting also gave SHARK another
opportunity to expose the corruption so rampant in Oklahoma, since no law
enforcement officials will take action on Inhofe's cruelty, or the illegal
2015 Omak Suicide Race and Rodeo Review (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QZQ-eXnYC0)
SHARK reviews the infamous Omak Suicide Race and Rodeo for 2015.
Will Potter - What Happened to More Than $90,000? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3ucsO-AtE8)
Self-described investigative journalist Will Potter raised more than $90,000 for
a drone project. Mr. Potter said the drones would investigate factory farms.
More than a year later, there is apparently no drone footage, no drones, and no
investigation. SHARK asks - what happened to the money?
Rodeo's Utterly Worthless Judges (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLqqguOUea0)
Rodeo judges are supposed to enforce the rules, including humane rules, but when
it comes to the humane treatment of animals, rodeo judges are blind as a bat.
Cruel Calf Jerk Downs Continue in Rodeos! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gs9-Qp9z-o)
The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) claimed (again) it was banning
cruel and dangerous calf jerk downs, a violent form of roping. Again, this has
proven to be a lie. SHARK continues to document jerk downs at the Cheyenne
Frontier Days and other rodeos. Shame on these phony cowboys, and the unethical
companies that sponsor them such as Coca-Cola and Century 21. Please let these
companies know how you feel.
You can call Coke toll-free at 800-438-2653.
You can call Century 21 at 866-732-6139.
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"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 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