It was just over a week ago that SHARK began to go after canned hunting clubs that were violating state stay-at-home orders. This has been an incredibly successful campaign where we have shut down major planned shoots where thousands of hand-raised birds would have been shot and killed for fun in both New Jersey and Michigan.
The hunt club is called Birds Landing Hunting Preserve & Sporting Clays, located in Solano County, CA. We’ve been arguing with the Solano County Health Department about Birds Landing, as they have stated that it is a, "essential business,” and that, "Hunting for food is considered an essential service.”
Please read our email response to that fallacious argument and then contact the Solano Health Department and ask them to shut Birds Landing down.
Bela Matyas, Health Officer / Deputy Director
I see nothing in the Shelter in Place Order that includes hunting as being an allowed activity, and certainly it is not an, "essential service” as you describe it. Bear in mind that even if hunting was allowed, which again, I’m not even seeing that under the Shelter in Place Order, that would be for licensed hunters going into the woods by themselves, and not what Birds Landing Hunting Preserve offers.
The only way we all get through this is if everyone makes the same sacrifices. When you give special treatment to a canned hunting club, you are insulting all of us - from one end of our country to the other - including our children, who have been forced out of school in order to stop this pandemic. Just because certain people enjoy shooting hand-raised birds does not give them the right to do it when the rest of us are forced to give up the things we like to do.
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