Pigeon Shoots are Pennsylvania's Shame


Carlton Pools and Wing Pointe Cruelty

SHARK has documented unbelievable and horrifying cruelty at the Wing Pointe canned hunting resort in Pennsylvania. From shooters wounding, crippling and killing thousands of birds, to trapper boys beating, crushing and throwing still living birds into corpse barrels - and then dumping them into a mass dead pile where these poor birds die slowly over the course of days - Wing Pointe and its owner Joseph Solana Jr. have proven to be responsible for some of the worst cases of animal cruelty we have ever seen. You can learn more about Solana here.

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Call It Cruelty!

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.

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SHARK Calls Out Bucks County SPCA on Pigeon Shoots at the Philadelphia Gun Club!

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:

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Ban this 'sport'

In Our View:

Intelligencer Journal
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.

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SHARK Rescues Four Wounded Pigeons from the Philadelphia Gun Club

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.

NRA Cruelty

Live pigeon shoots, where birds are stuffed into small boxes, then launched into a hail of gunfire, are the ultimate form of animal abuse, for they are the mass killing and wounding of living beings simply for the pleasure it brings.

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Commentary: Fuel for the Fire

“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!

That’s the lead to a story about a “hunting” event that, judging from the video clips, amounted to organized target practice for a group of suburbanites dressed for an afternoon at the state fair, not actual hunting for wildlife in the woods or brush. And the story appeared in the mainstream Philadelphia Inquirer’s online news site, not in some animal rights blog post.

The Illinois-based group SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness) claimed that its video footage from a Berks County (Pennsylvania) pigeon shoot that took place last month at the Wing Pointe hunting resort near Harrisburg represents evidence that these events—the topic of often heated debate in the Pennsylvania state legislature—violate state animal cruelty laws.

“This is the worst cruelty I’ve seen in 20 years of doing this,” Stuart Chaifetz, a SHARK spokesman, told the newspaper.

In a move that took us completely by surprise, Drovers CattleNetwork, a beef industry publication, published an editorial on October 17 that slammed the Wing Pointe canned hunt club for their pigeon shoots [Visit PA Shame for more information.]

The Illinois-based group SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness) claimed that its video footage from a Berks County (Pennsylvania) pigeon shoot that took place last month at the Wing Pointe hunting resort near Harrisburg represents evidence that these events-the topic of often heated debate in the Pennsylvania state legislature-violate state animal cruelty laws.


It's time for those involved in the meat business, and those who care about responsible animal stewardship as ranchers, feeders and producers to step up and draw a line: Hunting is a fine and worthy pastime participated in, for the most part, by hunters who actually care about the wildlife they help pay to sustain.

Canned-no, let's call them what they are: captive hunts-have no place in the larger realm of outdoor sporting events and recreation. Industry needs to say firmly that events such as the Wing Points pigeon shoot need to become a relic of the past.

When the beef industry calls you out for being cruel to animals, then you know just how bad it really is. Kudos to the Drovers CattleNetwork for calling it like they see it.

This is the same industry that aligns itself with the NRA, the biggest supporter of pigeon shoots, which makes this even more stunning.

This shows just how important SHARK's work is. Without our documentation, made possible by your support, no one would know the terror and brutality that is happening on the ground in Pennsylvania. 

Ending pigeon shoots is going to be a long and difficult battle, but we are fighting it every day, in every way, and getting closer each time we expose pigeon shoots and their shooters to the world. 

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To see even more documentation and video exposés please visit SHARK's YouTube account to watch any of our over 1000 videos!

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Pigeon Shooters Exposed!

Operation Bright Light exposes individual pigeon shooters to the world

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Please contact the Pennsylvania Legislature and tell them to ban pigeons shoots once and for all. Click here to find and contact your Pennsylvania state legislator

Please contact Governor Tom Wolf and tell him that it's long past time for them to end the abominable cruelty of live pigeon shoots.

Governor Tom Wolf
Phone: (717) 787-2500
Fax: (717) 772-8284
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Please contact the Pennsylvania Tourism Bureau and tell them that you won't be vacationing in PA because of illegal live pigeon shoots.

1-800-847-4872 - Post on their Facebook page HERE.

Click here for a video from Bob Barker and more information.

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