EHRHARDT, S.C. (WCIV)— Showing Animals Respect and Kindness is calling on South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to put an end to what they believe is an illegal live pigeon shoot next month.
The three day shoot is scheduled to be held at the Broxton Bridge Plantation in Ehrhardt on Feb. 9th through the 12th.
SHARK believes these shoots are a violation of SC Code Ann. 47-1-70 (2011), which makes it illegal to "abandon" any animal by "deserting, forsaking, or intending to" give up an animal "without securing another owner or without providing the necessities of life."
Under South Carolina animal cruelty laws, an animal is defined as "a living vertebrate creature
except a homo sapien." According to SHARK then, pigeons are considered an animal in the Palmetto State.
"Every time a captured or hand raised pigeon is put into a box and launched into the air so they can be shot at for fun, that's abandonment," said SHARK President Steve Hindi. "Furthermore, it has been our experience, after documenting dozens of pigeon shoots, that a large percentage of birds escape and fly away. Most of those birds are wounded and may take hours or even days to die. We believe that this absolutely is abandonment under South Carolina law."
If Governor Haley fails to shut down the pigeon shoot, SHARK investigators will spend all four days at the Broxton Bridge Plantation and will ask that cruelty charges be filed against the plantation and individual shooters.
SHARK is asking people to contact Governor Haley in an effort to put a stop to the event. They
also launched an online petition.