November 10, 2014 |
In minutes, the opening salvo in the latest skirmish of the Pennsylvania pigeon wars was due to begin. And there, a half-mile away across the Delaware River, lay ground zero. Shrouded behind a long, 30-foot-high wall of pale fabric, the Philadelphia Gun Club looked fortresslike in the distance. For decades, the club in Bensalem has been staging pigeon shoots that animal activists call cruel, savage, and an outrage. On the New Jersey side of the river, in Beverly, five of those activists stood watching Saturday as the clocks on their laptops ticked toward 9 a.m. Armed not with shotguns but an inflatable boat and a drone-mounted video camera, they could barely contain their contempt for the men and women who fire at caged birds flung skyward by handlers.
April 11, 2014 |
MAYBE IT was the phony penises. After years of escalating tensions between the Philadelphia Gun Club and the animal-rights activists who object to the club's semiannual pigeon shoots, club members have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the activists of stalking, harassment, trespass, intimidation, defamation, libel and privacy invasion. In a 21-page complaint filed last Friday, eight club members claim that activists from Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) harassed and blocked them as they drove in and out of the club's Bensalem grounds, spied on them both at the club and elsewhere, posted their pictures and other personal information online and even glued rubber penises along the club's fence.
October 20, 2013 |
MAYS LANDING, N.J. Barry Zeldin left his home one day last week, as he often does, to head to the local gun club and bait his deer stand near Chatsworth, Burlington County. When Zeldin, 74, didn't return to his Mays Landing home that night, his wife was not alarmed. "It's not unusual for my dad to be out a couple of days hunting," his daughter, April Zeldin-Belcher, 41, said Friday. More than a week later, though, he is still missing, and his family, normally scattered across the country, is frantically searching for him in the Pine Barrens.
April 25, 2013
CRAIG HETHERINGTON, a 44-year-old Bedford County trucker, held a sign reading, "Pat Toomey, You Are Fired. " Kay Hartman, a Mifflin County "tea-party patriot old enough to be wise," carried a large white flag featuring a black AK-47 over the words "Come and Take It. " Another woman held a sign: "Gun Control is False Hope; Jesus Christ is the True Hope. " And a bearded man wearing a "Don't Tread on Me" red vest held a sign: "We Come Unarmed (this time). " Welcome to the Pennsylvania gun club.
January 18, 2013 |
They were 23 miles apart in driving distance, but light-years apart in their views of President Obama's speech Wednesday - a gun-control advocate in Philadelphia and a foursome of shooting enthusiasts in the suburbs. At midday, as Obama went on the air, Shira Goodman, executive director of CeaseFirePA, paused from planning an anti- gun-violence rally and opened her laptop to watch the live stream. She was glad to hear Obama, together with Vice President Biden, pledge to try to stop the manufacture of military-style assault rifles, ban large ammunition clips, and require universal background checks for gun purchasers.
January 17, 2013 |
They were 23 miles apart in driving distance, but light-years apart in their views of President Obama's speech Wednesday - a gun-control advocate in Philadelphia and a foursome of shooting enthusiasts in the suburbs. At midday, as Obama went on the air, Shira Goodman, executive director of CeaseFirePA, paused from planning an anti-gun-violence rally and opened her laptop to watch the live stream. She was glad to hear Obama, together with Vice President Biden, pledge to try to stop the manufacture of military-style assault rifles, ban large ammunition clips, and require universal background checks for gun purchasers.
December 19, 2012 |
AMIDST THE outpouring of grief and expressions of sorrow from most of America after the massacre of schoolchildren in Connecticut, the smile on the face of a few was faintly seen in the background. Despite a tragedy that brought a nation to a standstill, a president to tears and parents nationwide to the brink of worry about their own children, even though their innocent youngsters were in schools thousands of miles away, the few smile on. They may have even had a chuckle at our expense, knowing in their hearts that no matter the billions of tears, no matter the depths of sadness, their rights will stay the same.
September 25, 2012 |
ANIMAL-RIGHTS activists and hunters have long disagreed about whether live pigeon shoots are barbaric torture or recreational fun. Last week, a federal judge in Philadelphia declared them messy, ordering a local organizer of pigeon shoots to apply to state environmental authorities for a "national pollutant discharge elimination system" permit. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network claimed the ruling as a victory. Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum, who keeps an environmental eye on 330 miles of the Delaware River and its 13,539 square miles of watershed, sued the Philadelphia Gun Club in March, arguing that the club violates the Clean Water Act by grossly polluting the river with large quantities of birdshot, casings and dead and dying pigeons during its shoots.
September 23, 2012 |
A Bensalem gun club that conducts live pigeon shoots along the Delaware River has agreed to apply for an environmental permit to settle a federal lawsuit. "There's nothing that requires the club to stop shooting," Philadelphia Gun Club lawyer Sean Corr said Friday. "This was a nuisance settlement to eliminate attorney's fees going forward. " The club also agreed to pay $15,000 to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, which filed suit in March. The environmental group contended that the club was violating the federal Clean Water Act by discharging shot, casings, dead and dying pigeons, and other material into the river without a permit.
June 21, 2012 |
A 26-YEAR-OLD man remains in critical condition after attempting suicide at the Philadelphia Archery and Gun Club in South Philadelphia Monday afternoon, police said. Police and medics responded to the club on Ellsworth Street near 9th about 1:45 p.m. The unidentified man shot himself in his head, and was taken by medics to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, said Officer Tanya Little, a Police Department spokeswoman. Employees at the shop Tuesday night spoke over the sound of guns being fired in the background, and said they were unaware of anyone being injured there on Monday afternoon.