Thursday, December 16, 2010

Miss. harbor master 'fesses up to shooting pigeons

LONG BEACH, Miss. -- The harbor master in Long Beach, Miss., is resigning after admitting that he shot pigeons with darts and then lied about it to the mayor.

Harbor Master Michael White tells The Sun Herald he was listening to a radio show last week about the Christmas season and how people react when they make mistakes.

He says he called Police Chief Wayne McDowell and admitted shooting pigeons with darts from a blowgun.

Less than a month ago, White had told Mayor Bill Skellie he hadn't shot any pigeons and would look for anybody who had.

Residents complained after seeing pigeons at the harbor with darts sticking out of their feathers.

The mayor says he's disappointed White lied to him several times.

Information from: The Sun Herald,

Here is the original story dated November 19th, 2010: What I find so disturbing is that they had found at least one Heron shot as well. Heron's are endangered and that is a FEDERAL offense. I am trying to get information on the charges brought against Mike White (the now "former" harbor master) if any have been brought against him. Stay tuned! ~ Denise

PETA seeks Long Beach pigeon shooter

Posted: Nov 19, 2010 10:14 PM CSTUpdated: Nov 19, 2010 10:14 PM CST

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to find out who has been shooting birds at the Long Beach Harbor.

Several photos sent to WLOX News Friday show two pigeons living with darts in their bodies. At least one blue heron has also been shot.

The darts in their bodies apparently came from a blow gun. PETA officials tell us although the birds are still alive right now, they will eventually die from such an injury.

Cruelty to pigeons is a state violation, while the cruelty to the blue heron is considered a federal offense with much stiffer penalties.

PETA is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to a conviction. If you have any information, contact PETA at (757) 622-PETA.

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