Judge denies request to stop live pigeon shoots in Perry

Published: Oct 23 2012 08:00:00 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 24 2012 06:55:17 PM EDT
READING, Pa. -

A judge has denied a Humane Society police officer's petition to stop a gun club in Berks County from holding live pigeon shoots.

The shooting events at Wing Pointe in Perry Township have attracted protesters in the past. The Humane Society said the shoots violate state law, but the judge said not so.

"I'm disappointed of course, but since we've been trying this for 26 years, we're used to disappointment," said Johnna Seeton.  "The sad part is the pigeons keep getting wounded. They keep getting tortured, to no avail."

A bill to ban using live animals as targets has not yet made it through the state legislature.