Live pigeon shoots are considered animal cruelty in most states, but the sport is still permitted in Oklahoma. Captain Tony Woodruff, from the Department of Wildlife Conservation, told the Associated Press that the violent fundraiser was perfectly legal.
"Pigeons are one of the animals that are not really protected by federal law since they're non-migratory," he said. "We're pretty liberal on our laws. We let people do quite a bit here."
Inhofe's campaign spokesman, Rusty Appleton, confirmed to the AP that the senator participated in the shoot, defending the event as a "traditional shooting sport."
SHARK founder Steve Hindi, on the other hand, calls it "wanton slaughter", and he's not alone. John Goodwin of the Humane Society agrees, adding: "We were shocked by the carnage that was shown on the video. We truly believe live pigeon shoots are cruel and unnecessary."