San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 15, 2008
Pennsylvania is the lone state in the U.S. where pigeon shoots are still taking place. Despite mounting opposition from animal rights groups and others, a handful of clubs still stage shoots in the State.
During these shoots, pigeon are they catapulted from a metal box and then a shooter about 30 yards away will fire, hoping to hit the bird. In these competitions, the shooter killing the most birds wins the prize money.
"It is appalling that these shoots are still taking place today. It's disgusting how they so willingly harm these birds. Some are killed instantly, while others are seriously wounded and left to die a slow death," comments Davey Jones, proprietor of Deterapigeon. "The lucky ones can hope to escape the terror and fly away to safety."
Although pigeon shoots are legal in the state, many of these clubs are being sued by groups like The Humane Society of the United States.
"The shoots are never advertised and they are not open to the public," Jones continues. "These guys are doing these shoots in secret in order to avoid a hostile public."
The Human Society takes issue with the fact that the birds are shot at close range and suffer greatly. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Human Society of the United States has been trying to stop Pennsylvania pigeon shoots since the mid 80's. The group has filed lawsuits on animal cruelty allegations and supported bills to ban the shoots - however, they have had no success.
Some supporters of the shoots have even gone so far as to say they are providing a pigeon control service. Jones however, scoffs at those remarks. "It is laughable to say they are providing pigeon control. What they are doing is brutal and cruel," Jones states.
Deterapigeon is a manufacturer of humane pigeon control methods like the anti-roosting bird spike that prevents pigeons from perching on property without injury.
Any property owner interested in learning more about humane pigeon control methods is encouraged to contact Deterapigeon.
For 10 years, Deterapigeon has been a leader in safe pigeon spike solutions in the UK. In 1995, David Jones, Director of Deterapigeon invented and patented the Defender 4 pigeon spikes which safely deter pigeons without harming them. This still remains the only pest control product recommended by the Pigeon Control Advisory Service (PiCAS).