"There was a tremendous effort for everyone involved, everyone who called and wrote," Chaifetz said. "Within a day, the event was cancelled. Ducks Unlimited realized this was a bad situation. It's not just the cruelty of the pigeon shoot, which is enormous in itself, but that they were doing this ridiculous thing stabbing the pigeons. To their credit, they quickly -- within less than 24 hours -- cancelled the event."
Chaifetz said he received an email from DU's senior communications specialist, Matt Coffey, who distanced the national organization from the local phigeon-hunting chapter:
We have policies in place holding our staff and local volunteers to high ethical and moral standards, and do not condone wanton waste of wildlife or other animals. To avoid the potential for wanton waste, the event committee has decided to change the live pigeon event to a sporting clays shoot.
SHARK estimates that upwards of 2,000 pigeons would have been killed if the event had proceeded as planned. The group is encouraging anyone interested in thanking Ducks Unlimited for stopping the shoot to send a polite email to the organization's CEO, Dale Hall, congratulating him on his decision. If you would like to reach out and thank DU for stopping the pigeon hunt, contact DHall@ducks.org.