Pigeon Shooters Blast Animal-Rights Drone From Sky

SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness) says their drone was shot down in retaliation for their disruption of a South Carolina pigeon shoot.


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According to SHARK, a typical three-day pigeon shoot can injure and kill up to 15,000 birds. (Photo: Tim Graham/Getty)

An Illinois-based animal-advocacy group called SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness) recently planned to disrupt a South Carolina pigeon shoot by using a remote-controlled drone copter to film the pointless and cruel event.

SHARK President Steve Hindi told The Times and Democrat that he and his group were just about to launch the Mikrokopter when a lawyer and the police tried to stop them. The police claimed to represent the privately owned plantation where the shoot was set to take place.

"It didn't work; what SHARK was doing was perfectly legal," Hindi said in a news release. "Once they knew nothing was going to stop us, the shooting stopped and the cars lined up to leave."

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SHARK decided to send the drone up anyway.

"Seconds after it hit the air, numerous shots rang out," Hindi said. "As an act of revenge for us shutting down the pigeon slaughter, they shot down our copter."

Hindi claims that the shooters hid in trees and "fled the scene on small motorized vehicles."

Once shot, the helicopter came to rest on the side of the highway. Hindi estimates that the helicopter suffered about $300 worth of damage. He plans to press charges and is undaunted by the attack. "We're already making plans for a considerable upscaled action in 2013," said Hindi.

But upscaled doesn't mean physically harmful. According to SHARK's website, the group doesn't condone violence in the name of animal rights: "We consider those who commit terrorism in the name of animal protection to be among the greatest threats to future gains for nonhumans."

SHARK's number one tool against animal abuse is documentation. Using hidden, long-range and night-vision video, this spirited, dedicated group exposes animal abuse and disseminates their footage to media, lawmakers, and other advocacy groups.

One of SHARK's biggest campaigns is fighting rodeo abuse. If you'd like to get involved by helping SHARK document rodeo cruelty, click here.

You can donate to SHARK here.

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Of all the completely stupid things these Nuts have done, this has got to be one of the worst. What did they think was going to happen when they sent that 'Target' flying over all those hunters? These people (myself included) probably like to shoot trap and skeet when they're not hunting, and for them to have the chance to have a target like that to shoot at is fantastic! I've got an idea for those wacko's the next time they want to catch a few hunters, Get a deer suit and stand in the woods really, really quiet. I'll bet you catch a lot of them that way.......LOL , idiots.
Are you sure this was a pigeon shoot and not a PETA convention ? Apparently they collect money to kill the animals they claim to protect... Leave the guys with guns alone and check your own.
How stupid! "Hey lets go mess with a bunch of people with guns" Brilliant!! lol
Interfering with hunters is a crime in most States.
one question that I always have to ask you "animal rights" folks... how do you feel about abortion? Until you line up to stop promoting abortion of Human Babies, I have little or no sympathy for your cause. By & large many animals can & do reproduce much faster than us...
File charges against whom? LOL!! Isnt there a tree with a knot hole you need to visit? Pigons?? Of all things you're concerned about a stinking flying rat?? LOL oh my!! Call up Sally Struthers and offer her a sandwhich or something...
I read what you're writing. What I hear is "The police kept us from doing something stupid untl they were done." What exactly did you think would happen when you buzzed a bunch of shotgun wielding people on private property outside city limits? I feel dumber now and so should you. Why was this a news link? meh... Pass the squab and bernaisse sauce please.