Has an air war erupted over pigeons in the skies of Pennsylvania? An animal protection group fighting to ban the practice of launching live birds out of boxes to be shot at close range, says they think someone shot down their mini-drone on Sunday that was carrying a camera to document a Berks County pigeon shoot.
On Tuesday the group SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), seeking legislation to end pigeon shoots in the last state where they are legal, took their case to the crowds of people - lobbyists, lawmakers and their families and supporters - who flocked to the Capitol for swearing-in day. In the crowded Rotunda, Shark displayed graphic video of wounded pigeons flailing around a field.
Among those in attendance at the Capitol yesterday was Robert Tobash, who once served as chairman of the infamous and now defunct Hegins pigeon shoot in Schuylkill County (his son Mike is a newly-elected lawmaker) and Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler, who animal welfare activists say has failed to prosecute the Philadelphia Gun Club for holding shoots - which they argue constitutes animal cruelty - over the Delaware River in Bensalem.
“Some legislators might want to forget the horrendous cruelty that goes on in Pennsylvania,” states Steve Hindi, President of SHARK, “But we aren’t going to let that happen. Pigeon shoots are sick, twisted cruelty. By being at the capital on the day the new legislature is sworn in, we are making a strong statement that we are going to fight hard to end them.”