OKLAHOMA - For some it's an annual fundraiser, but others see it as something much different.
"They left them on the ground just to rot and die and the ones that were injured just to slowly die,” Rondi Large of WildCare said.
Video of the fundraising event held each year by Senator Infofe surfaced, and the last one was held in September 2016.
Several of the birds that survived the live pigeon shooting were rescued by animal activists and brought to WildCare, a place located just outside Noble that takes in and cares for injured animals.
"WildCare is not against hunting. They weren't hunting these animals for food. They were deliberately taking them out of a cage, throwing them in front of somebody with a gun and blowing them out of the sky,” Large said. “That is not hunting. That is not sportsmanship."
In September 2016, 23 pigeons showed up at the facility, and they saved 16.
11 were just released back into the wild, and the remaining five will never fly again.
"I don't think that any of them are going to be able to be fully flighted birds,” Large said. “So we will be looking for adoptive homes for the group of five to go into."
After NewsChannel 4's original story aired, Inhofe’s office released this statement:
“KFOR would like to talk about this pigeon shoot while Senator Inhofe is working to pass in the Senate this week a bill that will solidify the historic settlement on water rights in central and southeastern Oklahoma to the benefit of the State, Oklahoma City, and Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations, which will ensure drinking water supplies and recreation for Oklahomans well into the future with recognizing cultural claims on Oklahoma's lakes among other regulatory reforms benefiting Oklahoma and the country.”
"There are some people who would question why we are saving pigeons,” Large said. “To me every species on the planet works together to keep this planet whole and healthy, and so it's very important as far as WildCare is concerned to treat all species respectfully."
To adopt a pigeon or support WildCare, click here.