Cruelty charges withdrawn in pigeon shoots

Posted: June 20, 2012

Animal cruelty charges filed against the Philadelphia Gun Club for two live pigeon shoots in March will be withdrawn Wednesday, the Bucks County District Attorney's Office said.

The Bensalem club was issued five citations for allegedly failing to euthanize five pigeons that were wounded during the shoots along the Delaware River. The birds were saved by an animal rights group. The club has "acknowledged and accepted" its responsibility to humanely kill birds that have survived the pigeon shoot, District Attorney David Heckler said in a written statement. It erected a barrier to prevent birds from escaping from its shooting range and has employees to patrol the river for wounded birds, he said.

Humane Society police officer Johnna Seeton, who filed the citations, said she was "very disappointed" they were being dismissed. "I don't believe you can have a pigeon shoot without cruelty occurring," she said.

Pigeon shooting in Pennsylvania "is unquestionably legal," Heckler said. Efforts in the legislature to ban the shoots have failed for decades. - Bill Reed

comments powered by Disqus
|
|
|
|
|