OKLAHOMA CITY – New developments in the fundraising event for U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe that involved shooting hundreds of pigeons, some of them banded.
The event was on Sept. 5 near Quartz Mountain State Park.
Birds were wounded, and left limping and bleeding across a large field as the Senator and guests fired at them with shotguns.
The animal right’s group ‘Shark’ posted a video of the ‘pigeon shoot’ on YouTube, and called it inhumane and possibly a violation of cruelty laws.
Pigeons are not native species to Oklahoma, so the Oklahoma Wildlife Department says they don’t regulate the shooting of them.
The Humane Society argues it’s unethical because only Pennsylvania has laws on the books to allow live pigeon shooting.
“It’s so wrong on so many levels. I think the public certainly gets that, and is very shocked and dismayed that such an event would take place at a fundraiser by one of our elected officials,”said Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma State Director of The Humane Society.
Oklahoma is actually a very popular place for pigeon lovers.
The Sooner State attracts breeders from across the country.
The American Racing Pigeon Union is located in Oklahoma, as well as the American Pigeon Museum.
Senator Inhofe’s office told NewsChannel 4 they paid a contractor to catch the pigeons, and he doesn’t know where they came from.
Inhofe’s Campaign Manager, Rusty Appleton, also said “Pigeon shoots are a traditional shooting event. The people who are calling attention to this are extreme animal rights activists who oppose rodeos and hunting in general.”