- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) - A suburban Philadelphia gun club is under investigation after an animal rights group released video they claim shows a member abusing a wounded pigeon after a shoot.

Sean Corr, a lawyer who represents the club, said Thursday he’s seen parts of the video and club members haven’t been able to identify the person in it. The club is cooperating with police, he said.

A short clip of the video shows someone in a red hoodie standing on what looks like a riverbank, flinging the body of an injured pigeon and then throwing a handful of gravel at it. The bird tries to flutter away, but the person grabs it again and throws it.

The animal rights group, called Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, or SHARK, said it wants the person prosecuted.

SHARK worker Stuart Chaifetz said he filmed the incident less than two weeks ago.

“It is heartbreaking to watch these innocent birds being so brutally violated again and again,” Chaifetz said.

Corr said it looked as if the person in the video was standing downrange, adding the club would never station someone in that position in an on-going shoot for safety reasons.

Bensalem Lt. William McVey told The Philadelphia Inquirer that police are investigating the allegations.

The gun club sued the animal rights group in 2014, accusing members of stalking, harassment and defamation. The parties settled in December. The club agreed to hold fewer live pigeon shoots and the activists agreed to, among other things, not publicize video or photographs identifying club members.

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