Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Stolen Pigeons

New York Post
January 13, 2008 --

On behalf of the Humane Society of the United States, I would like to commend The Post for highlighting the cruel practice of pigeon netting (“Fresh Pigeon Snit," Jan. 6).

Thousands of pigeons are netted in New York and sold to live pigeon shoots across state lines.

Similar to dog fighting, pigeon shooting exists so shooters can gamble against one another. Netted birds are stuffed into boxes and released 30 yards from shooters motivated by monetary prizes.

Most hunters condemn these seedy events, disturbed by the idea of blowing away thousands of animals launched out of boxes at close range.

New Yorkers can help end these events by reporting information about illegal pigeon nettings to 311.

The HSUS offers a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals illegally netting and transporting pigeons.

Heidi Prescott
Senior Vice President
The Humane Society of the United States
Washington, DC

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