Steve Hindi, Pres. of Showing Animals Respect & Kindness (SHARK) , was our guest on Wild Horse & Burro Radio to talk about rodeo cruelty.
Foreground: SHARK founder Steve Hindi, investigator Stu Chaifetz, and pigeon rescued from a shoot. Background: scene of the January 4, 2018 pigeon shoot in Henderson, Maryland.
“HSUS operatives have a long history of making false claims. They often claim credit for either the accomplishments of others, or for “victories” that never occurred at all, as in the case of these pigeon shoots. Other times, HSUS misleads supporters by claiming victories that are in fact backward steps in the effort to improve the treatment of animals.”
by Steve Hindi, president, Showing Animals Respect & Kindness
On Monday, January 15, 2018, I sent an email to Humane Society of the United States president Wayne Pacelle demanding a copy of all HSUS documentation regarding live pigeon shoots around the country. I copied Anna West and Heidi Prescott, as both are employed by HSUS, and are mentioned in the January 15 email to Pacelle.
I demanded documentation from Pacelle because HSUS is not telling the truth about the status of pigeon shoots. In September 2017, Heidi Prescott gave assurances to Animals 24-7, via West, that pigeon shoots in Maryland had been stopped.
“On behalf of Heidi Prescott, senior vice president of campaigns at The Humane Society of the United States,” wrote West, “We have stopped [pigeon] shoots in California, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas — and most recently secured an attorney general’s opinion in Maryland that will prevent live pigeon shoots from occurring there.”
SHARK videotaped pigeons being shot
On January 15, 2018, SHARK investigator Stu Chaifetz went to a Maryland canned hunt club and filmed the aftermath of a pigeon shoot from a day earlier. Stu also recorded a club employee discussing the shoot at some length, even as the employee went about killing shoot survivors.
This is not the first time that HSUS has put out false information. In the same September statement wherein Prescott claimed HSUS stopped Maryland pigeon shoots, she makes the same claim about North Carolina. But pigeon shoots in North Carolina didn’t stop – they expanded.
HSUS operatives have a long history of making false claims. They often claim credit for either the accomplishments of others, or for “victories” that never occurred at all, as in the case of these pigeon shoots. Other times, HSUS misleads supporters by claiming victories that are in fact backward steps in the effort to improve the treatment of animals.
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