"…the true nature of a pigeon shooter."

May 11th, 2010 8:56 pm by Kelly Garbato

At a February 20, 2010 pigeon shoot at the infamous Philadelphia Gun Club, […] a member of the Club viciously yelled at two female activists saying, “Go fuck yourself you rotten cunt!”

SHARK discovered that the assailant was Richard Shackleton and that he was town attorney for Long Beach Township, NJ. At the April 9th Long Beach Township committee meeting, we confronted him about what he had done.

What he said was shocking: “I’m happy to say that, what I said, I meant every word of it.”

When offered a chance to apologize he said, “Absolutely not.”

At this point, Shackleton had compounded upon his original insult by taking pride in hurting his victims. And again, during a television newscast, he refused to apologize for his vile comments.

Referring to his despicable use of the “c” word, Shackleton said: “I think that’s what she is and I think she deserved it.”

Quite possibly you’ve already heard about Richard Shackleton, a pigeon shooter and solicitor for Long Beach Township, New Jersey, who hurled gendered slurs at two female activists – and then, when confronted by SHARK members at a Long Beach Township committee meeting, refused to apologize for the comments? No? Then keep reading for SHARK’s ongoing reports on the situation, complete with links to recent media coverage and opportunities to take action.

SHARK email alert, 4/18/10: News Coverage of Vile Pigeon Shooter Richard Shackleton

Richard Shackleton (via SHARK)

On April 9, SHARK made an unannounced visit to the Long Beach Township Committee meeting, to confront town attorney Richard Shackleton about his vile and hate filled attack against two female activists outside the infamous Philadelphia Gun Club during the February 20, 2010 pigeon shoot. You can watch the video of what happened HERE.

The Press of Atlantic City, the major daily newspaper covering that area, ran a story today about Mr. Shackleton’s obscene behavior. Again Mr. Shackleton admitted to and took complete ownership of his disgusting verbal assault.

This big, tough lawyer, who illegally shoots small defenseless animals catapulted out of boxes, and attacks women from the safety inside of his big SUV, seems to be suddenly quite upset that SHARK took pictures of him while he was pigeon shooting. That means we are doing our job! Claiming that we were “harassing” him when everything we did was legal and peaceful shows what incredible crybabies animal abusers are.

One thing for all of us to celebrate is that after over one hundred thirty years of slaughtering pigeons at the club, our efforts have shut those killing parties down, in spite of all their money and political clout. It shows what a small group of determined individuals can do.

You can go to the newspaper site and leave a comment about what you think about Mr. Shackleton HERE.

Please contact the Mayor and two Commissioners of Long Beach Township and let him know what you think about Mr. Shackleton’s sickening words and request his dismissal as township solicitor.

Mayor Joseph H. Mancini – mancini [at] longbeachtownship.com
Commissioner Bill Knarre – knarre [at] longbeachtownship.com
Commissioner Ralph H. Bayard – rbayard [at] longbeachtownship.com

Please help SHARK continue to shutdown illegal pigeon shoots by donating HERE.

SHARK email alert, 4/20/10: NBC News On Vile Pigeon Shooter

The lead story on last night’s NBC 10 in Philadelphia newscast was about SHARK’s efforts to hold pigeon shooter Richard Shackleton accountable for his horrific verbal assault against two women on February 20th of this year.

This major news story included SHARK’s video footage from the Philadelphia Gun Club’s barbaric pigeon shoots, including birds being shot and killed as well as the terrible tragedy of a wounded pigeon drowning in the Delaware. By his arrogance and cruelty, to both pigeons and to women, Shackleton has shown the true face of a pigeon shooter, – and it is an ugly and degenerate thing.

Watch the NBC story HERE.

You can read the story that was published in the Press of Atlantic City HERE.

Please leave comments on both the NBC and Press of Atlantic City stories, and let Shackleton and his cronies know that what they do violates all sense of common decency. This is your chance to be heard!

SHARK email alert, 4/21/10: Protest against Richard Shackleton This Saturday!

The situation with NJ pigeon shooter Richard Shackleton is heating up to an intense point, and there has been major news coverage of the vile comments he made to two female activists.

Now it’s your chance to get into this fight!

This Saturday, April 24, in Long beach Township NJ, SHARK is going to protest pigeon shooting and the despicable comments made by Richard Shackleton, who works for the town as its solicitor.

The protest will be Saturday April 24, from 12:30PM – 2:00PM in front of the Long Beach Township Municipal Building
6805 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach NJ […]

This is going to be big and receive a great deal of more news coverage, so please join with us!

If you can’t make it, please email the Mayor HERE: mancini [at] longbeachtownship.com

Watch the NBC news story HERE.

SHARK has already gotten press coverage of the protest!

From today’s Press of Atlantic City:

Activists to protest Long Beach Township solicitor over altercation outside pigeon shoot

…Stuart Chaifetz, an investigator with Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, or SHARK, said members of the group are planning to protest in the township and call on public officials to remove Shackleton from his position as township attorney.

“He should be removed because of some of the comments he made in his capacity as the township attorney,” Chaifetz said, referring to the April 9 town meeting.

You can read the entire story and comment HERE.

The Story So Far

At a February 20, 2010 pigeon shoot at the infamous Philadelphia Gun Club in Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania, Shackleton, a member of the Club, viciously yelled at two female activists saying, “Go f— yourself you rotten c—”

SHARK discovered that the assailant was Richard Shackleton and that he was town attorney for Long Beach Township, NJ. At the April 9th Long Beach Township committee meeting, we confronted him about what he had done.

What he said was shocking: “I’m happy to say that, what I said, I meant every word of it.”

When offered a chance to apologize he said “Absolutely not.”

At this point, Shackleton had compounded upon his original insult by taking pride in hurting his victims. And again, during a television newscast, he refused to apologize for his vile comments.

Referring to his despicable use of the “c” word, Shackleton said:

“I think that’s what she is and I think she deserved it.”

Richard Shackleton needs to know that the public will not condone his vile treatment of women and animals.

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A young girl and her mother hold signs in protest of Richard Shackleton. They read: “I love pigeons and all birds” and “Shackleton: Embarressment [sic] to All NJ Attorneys! including me.” Photos courtesy SHARK.
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Three activists line the roadside, two long protest banners in hand. The one on the left reads, “Don’t let your tax dollars support vicious and degrading insults against women: Demand Richard Shackleton be fired for what he did!” The right banner displays a link to PennsylvaniaShame.com, a SHARK website. Photos courtesy SHARK.
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A young girl holds a sign that reads, “No woman ‘deserved’ to be called what he said! Photos courtesy SHARK.
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SHARK email alert, 4/28/10: Massive Media Coverage on Pigeon Shooter Richard Shackleton

The media coverage on pigeon shooter Richard Shackleton had been overwhelming.

What started with a vile, obscene remark from Shackelton. SHARK followed-up by confronting him at a Long Beach Township Committee meeting. It has now spiraled into television and newspaper coverage that has reshaped and expanded the debate over pigeon shooting. People are now getting a look at what kind of person blasts pigeons out of boxes – and it isn’t a pretty picture. See video HERE.

With near-daily articles being published in New Jersey, with more in New York and Pennsylvania, Shackleton’s vile acts and cruel pigeon shooting now have had tri-state exposure.

What’s more, Shackleton’s actions, against women and pigeons, were so horrifying that the Asbury Park Press, a major daily newspaper in New Jersey, published an editorial calling for him to be fired!

Read that HERE.

SHARK held a successful protest last Saturday in Long Beach Township where local residents joined with us in expressing their outrage over what Shackleton has done. Thank you to everyone that attended, and for all those who have written to the Mayor of Long Beach to complain about this disgusting situation.

And this is just the beginning.

News Coverage of the Shackleton Situation

NBC10 in Philadelphia

NJ Lawyer Won’t Apologize for Calling Women the C-Word

Protestors Want “C-Word” Attorney Fired

ASBURY PARK PRESS

Remarks way off target: “Get rid of him. That’s the only acceptable option for the Long Beach Township Commission in addressing the controversy surrounding its municipal attorney, Richard J. Shackleton.”

Pigeon shoot protests rejected

Long Beach Township Attorney defies pigeon shoot protests

Group protests slur against activists

PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY

Long Beach Township solicitor says animal rights group is harassing him after video of him shooting pigeons

Activists to protest Long Beach Township solicitor over altercation outside pigeon shoot

Animal-rights group requests permit to protest Long Beach Township over solicitor’s pigeon shooting

Long Beach police review rally permit

Long Beach Township asks solicitor in pigeon-shooting controversy to ‘stay out of the public eye,’ skip meetings

THE SANDPAPER (Local Newspaper for Long Beach Township)

Animal Rights Activists, Shackleton Trade Shots

The ASSOCIATED PRESS wrote a story which was published in the following media outlets:

Newsday
The Star-Ledger
The Bergen Record
Daily Record
The Burlington County Times
FOX NY
WCBS2
101 WINS radio
WCBS880
NJ101.5

I’d intended to blog about this several weeks ago, before the April 24th protest, but time just got away from me. While it’s heartening to see that the incident has garnered local coverage, the cynic in me can’t help but think that most people wouldn’t care about Richard Shackleton, had he not been caught using “the c-word” on camera – and then defended his use of it weeks later, at a government function, nonetheless! (Then again, far be it from me to underestimate SHARK’s media savvy.)

Similar to SHARK’s Cowboys & Criminals series, Richard Shackleton’s actions illustrate the intersectionality of oppressions: “isms” are not discrete, isolated phenomenon, but rather exist alongside – and are oftentimes intertwined with – other “isms”. Speciesism, for example, oftentimes comes coupled with sexism and misogyny. Perhaps the most potent example of this is the gendered nature of animal agriculture – the very foundation of which rests upon the rape, forced birth and kidnapping of female animals’ bodies and babies.

This isn’t to suggest that, if a person embraces one form of prejudiced delusions, he necessarily embraces them all. There exist plenty of whip-smart feminists who eat “meat,” and more than a few dedicated vegans who will tell you – without a hint of irony – that “meat is for pussies.” However, when one becomes comfortable with the idea of dehumanizing, objectifying, “othering” and otherwise mistreating an entire group of beings, I truly believe that this only invites further bigotry, oppression and violence. Particularly when members of said group(s) represent a threat to one’s own unearned privilege – such as the case with the SHARK activists above.

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One Response to “"…the true nature of a pigeon shooter."”

  1. William Smith Says:

    When does the hunting season for birdhunters start? I hardly can’t wait to kill pigeon shooters just for fun, sports and pleasure.

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