Who is stealing the pigeons and what for?
Witness reports from Washington Square Park say it was just two men. However, it is a known fact that there is an entire organisation standing behind the abductors. Yes, organised pigeon crime.
It's a mindless, cruel and, worst of all, legal business that organises "pigeon shoots". For this purpose, pigeons are trapped, have their wings clipped, and then launched into the air as a target for someone to shoot at.
Where are they taking them?
"Once they net them, they take the pigeons to a place in Brooklyn, they box them up with no water and no food, obviously they are very stressed, they then look at them - some have a broken wing or foot from the netting; a couple days later, they are taken to Pennsylvania, sold as food, sometimes sold as quail, but for the pigeon shoots mainly. They clip their wings.." - Tina Trachtenberg
The end destination is Pennsylvania - soon to remain in history as the state welcoming animal cruelty.
Open fields, armed men and pigeons shot into the air to become somebody's moving target practice.
Who is profiting and who is sponsoring?
Believe it or not, there's a lot of money to be made from such insanity. The people who steal the pigeons get about 2$-3$ per 'piece', which adds up to nearly 900$ a week.
However, the people organising the live pigeon shoots - they get 50$ per pigeon! Bored, stupid, rich people pay a good amount of money to participate in the West's most disgusting sport, mistaking cruelty for entertainment.
All of this, brought to you by the National Rifle Association* - a legal, multi-million establishment. For reference, the NRA's CEO - Wayne Lapierre - gets an annual salary of $972,000 for his contribution to society.
Live pigeon shoots are a tradition in PA, one that activists have been trying to stop for decades. Here you can read all about their fruitless efforts to get the House of Representatives to even consider banning the events in 2014. The NRA* interfered with a heart-warming campaign on freedom and weapon privilege.
In the meantime, NY police is 'investigating' and watching the park cameras closely. A symbolic effort at best. Officials are not getting any closer to putting a stop to the pigeon shoots and are obviously not getting any help from legislators, pressured by multi billionaires and po werful conservative figures.
What's left? The people. Vigilance and action is expected out of regular people like you and me, because it won't come from anywhere else. Most of all - compassion!