Gun group that shot pigeons is free as a bird
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March: Members of a West Valley shooting club were videotaped shooting pigeons as they were launched from a skeet-like machine. Clad in hunter's orange, the men and women pointed shotguns skyward, yelled "pull" and blasted the birds.
The pigeon shoot was captured on videotape by members of the Avian Affairs Coalition.
Now: To the disappointment of animal activists, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and the Arizona Game and fish Department, which polices hunting, have decided not to pursue a case against the pigeon shooters despite their lack of a permit to conduct the event.
"We thought there's no way they
can avoid prosecuting this thing," said Dave Roth, chairman of the Avian
Affairs Coalition. "It's crushing to all of us. They're dropping
the ball big time on this."