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Malloy v. Cooper, et al. (NC pigeon shoot)

For years the Dogwood Gun Club has hosted bi-annual pigeon shoots at which approximately 40,000 pigeons are killed. When authorities threatened prosecution under the cruelty statute, Malloy challenged the constitutionality of the law and was able to enjoin prosecutors from enforcing the law. Since that time, North Carolina law has changed, making pigeon shooting illegal. The HSUS has filed a motion to intervene in the North Carolina Court of Appeals to disolve the injunction and allow local authorities to shut down the pigeon shoot.


Court or Agency: North Carolina Court of Appeals
Plaintiff(s): John Malloy, d/b/a The Dogwood Gun Club
Defendant: Roy A. Cooper III, Attorney General for the State of North Carolina; David R. Waters, District Attorney for the 9th Prosecutorial District; David S. Smith, Sheriff of Granville County; State of North Carolina
HSUS Counsel: Peter Petersan & Ethan Eddy
Outside Counsel: Everett, Gaskins, Hancock & Stevens, LLP
Status: Submitted; Awaiting Decision