OKLAHOMA CITY — An infamous fundraiser that involves shooting pigeons has taken down another flying object.
A drone that was being used to record U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe’s pigeon fundraiser was grounded Saturday.
The annual fundraiser earns money for the senator as guests shoot at tame, banded pigeons as they’re thrown into the air.
Showing Animals Respect and Kindness is an animal rights group that secretly filmed the fundraiser for Senator Jim Inhofe last year.
This year, the group said they tried to use a drone to record the event Friday night in Greer County, but they reported the drone was shot down.
A spokesperson for S.H.A.R.K. also said the sheriff refused to investigate the fall of the drone, insisting that shooting a drone is not illegal.
“The sheriff either doesn’t know the law, or he is corrupt and deliberately lying to protect a U.S. senator. Either way, a crime was committed where thousands of dollars of damage was done to personal property, and local law enforcement is ignoring it. Is that justice in Oklahoma? Is that the best the state can do? If any of us shot at another person’s personal property, we’d be in jail right now,” said Steve Hindi, president of SHARK. “Sen. Jim Inhofe, however, is more like an ancient Roman Senator, where law enforcement is his personal Praetorian guard and public land and resources are there for his private use. Whether it is not paying proper sales tax on the birds used for his shoot, or using federal property to hold a political fundraiser and federally funded employees as servants to serve his donors, Inhofe believes that he is not bound by the same rules as the rest of us.”
Monday the group SHARK announced it will bill Senator Inhofe for the drone.
The group says it will also file an amendment to a previous ethics complaint against the Senator and it will be delivered to all members of the Senate Ethics Committee.