(cnbnews.net)Steve Hindi, the president of SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) sent out a press release on Wednesday that criticizes the Jackson Lab in Maine and Leo Holt, the president of Holt Logistics in Gloucester City for being involved with organizations that they allege are cruel to pigeons and lab mice.
From the news release,
Leo Holt is the former President of the infamous Philadelphia Gun Club (site of cruel live pigeon shoots) as well as a former board member of the NRA. Holt is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Jackson Laboratory, located in Bar Harbor, Maine. The Jackson Lab breeds millions of mice who suffer terribly in labs around the world.
"Live pigeon shoots are vicious events were birds deprived of food and water are launched from small boxes and shot as living targets," states Steve Hindi, President of SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK). "A business like Jackson Laboratory is usually very concerned about an association with animal cruelty over and above that of the vivisection industry, so why then would they elect a chairman who has been videotaped torturing wounded pigeons with his very own hands?"
SHARK has video documented Holt at the Philadelphia Gun Club picking up wounded pigeons and swinging them violently. Holt only furthered the agony of the birds. You can view that video at this link:
Holt's Philadelphia Gun Club has been cited numerous times for animal abuse said SHARK. "Many Pennsylvania Humane Society Police Officers have stated that live pigeon shoots violate Pennsylvania humane law 5511, which criminalizes animal ill-treatment, abandonment and cruelty," said Hindi.
Today, Thursday April 24, the Jackson Laboratory is holding an art exhibition at their Maine facility. SHARK has submitted the following illustration and asked that it be included in the art show.
SHARK has also emailed the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jackson Laboratory, Edison Liu, and asked how he feels about the Jackson Laboratory being so closely associated with outrageous animal cruelty such as pigeon shooting.
In June 29, 2010, SHARK released a similar press release criticizing Holt and the Philadelphia Gun Club. On the same day a some members of the organization picketing the Gloucester City fireworks display because Holt had donated $15,000 to help the city pay for the celebration.
CNBNews asked Mr. Holt yesterday if he wanted to respond to the accusations made by SHARK. We are waiting his response.