Urgent News Advisory
Monday, September 22, 2014
Undercover Video Exposes US Senator’s Cruel Live Pigeon Shoot
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On August 7, 2014, SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) received an anonymous letter informing us that United States Senator Jim Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, was to have a live pigeon shoot as part of his fundraising event on September 5, 2014, at the Quartz Mountain Lodge in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma. The fundraiser was to support the “Friends of Jim Inhofe and the Fund For A Conservative Future.”
The unknown writer said that they are a Republican and long-time supporter of Senator Inhofe. They stated that: “The live pigeon shoot event is an embarrassment to hunters and to Republican (sic) supporters of Senator Inhofe. Someone, including Senator Inhofe, has apparently decided to push the limits beyond what is reasonable in most anyone’s mind, and I believe it has been done just to provide shock value and show the public that Senator Inhofe is such a hard-core conservative that he will go as far as killing animals for no other reason than shooting practice, which is simply animal cruelty.”
As SHARK is the nationwide leader in the animal protection movement fighting against live pigeon shoots, we decided to send in an undercover investigator to the event to both witness and film the pigeon shoot. We are keeping the identity of our investigator protected.
The shoot took place in a field a few miles from the Quartz Mountain Lodge. The following is from SHARK’s investigator. You can read their full statement here.
In the center of the field was an open tent where a few people were surrounded by crates of pigeons. These people would pick up the birds and violently throw them into the air, so that they could then be shot. I would often see a shower of feathers after the birds were thrown, so the cruelty of the event began before a shot was fired.
Encircling the tent, and positioned like numbers along a clock, were large bales of hay which were shooting stations. There were five or six shooters at each station and when the birds were thrown into the air, a volley of gun shots would blast out from the direction the bird had been launched. I saw Senator Inhofe at one far station and filmed him – to prove that he was participating in the slaughter that unfolded.
The bloody killing at Senator Inhofe’s pigeon shoot went on for nearly three hours. It was a horrifying massacre where one thousand innocent animals were tortured, maimed, wounded and killed, all for a fundraiser, and for fun.