Game Show Icon Bob Barker speaks out about Pennsylvania's infamously cruel live pigeon shoots. Mr. Barker is the former host of The Price is Right and Truth or Consequences game shows.
The use of live pigeons for target/pleasure shooting is obviously despicable, but the horror does not end when the shooting stops. Left to suffer and die, the wounded but still living animals face unspeakable agony. Unable to fly, injured pigeons are exposed to the elements, including freezing rain, snow and ice. With open and infected injuries, the end is slow and arduous. Days may pass before the relief of death finally comes.
On September 30th, 2012, SHARK investigators documented one of the most horrific pigeon shoots ever documented. It happened at the Wing Pointe canned hunt resort, in very corrupt Berks County, Pennsylvania. Watch the video here.
Dear Ms. Irwin,
As you are aware, SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) has for years documented indefensible animal abuse and cruelty in violation of Pennsylvania Humane Law 5511 at the Philadelphia Gun Club (PGC) in Bensalem Township.
On March 2, 2013, another live pigeon shoot was held at the PGC. SHARK was there from before the start until after it was over. Predictably, we recorded numerous instances of animal cruelty beyond the cruelty of the illegal shoot itself, and have put some of the evidence into a video that is on YouTube for you to view. Here is the video:
Apr 22, 2013
There is nothing "sporting" about shooting birds from close distance as they attempt to flutter out of a cage.
Yet, this is what passes for sport. Pigeon shoots, you see, are still legal in just one state — Pennsylvania.
At pigeon shoots, birds are launched into the air and are shot by participants with shotguns from a distance of 25 to 30 yards. Most of the birds are wounded and flutter to the ground where trapper boys run out and wring their necks or they are shot again.
Last Saturday, March 30, 2012, the sick, twisted membership of the Philadelphia Gun Club (PGC) held another live pigeon shoot. Pigeon shoots are horrendous events where exhausted and frightened birds are put into small wooden boxes then hit with an electric shock as they are launched into the air and shot.
“The images are stark: men and teenagers drop-kicking wounded pigeons like footballs, stomping on them, slamming them against their heels until they explode.”
Cattle Industry Magazine Publishes Editorial Against Wing Pointe Canned Hunt Club for the still legal Pennsylvania Pigeon Shoots!
In the aftermath of the September 30th, 2012 pigeon shoot, SHARK was able to rescue nine wounded pigeons who made it off the Wing Pointe property. One died literally seconds after we picked her up, and the other eight were rushed to get medical care.
Though dying with each step she took, this brave bird flew from the killing fields to our cameraman, where her sacrifice was recorded and remembered. Click the picture to watch her story.