PETA offers up to $5,000 reward in bird shooting investigation

CROCKETT COUNTY, Tenn. — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, better known as PETA, is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to a conviction after 92 dead birds were found in Crockett County.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials announced earlier this week that they were investigating after the birds were found on Gadsden-Todd Levee Road near the Madison County line.

After X-rays were taken, TWRA officials concluded the birds had been shot.

PETA, an international animal rights organization based in Norfolk, Va., announced Friday that they are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for cruelty to animals or for violation of the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, according to a release.

“Someone got sick kicks out of killing birds and dumping their bodies on the side of the road like litter,” PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien said in the release. “PETA and Tennessee wildlife authorities need the public’s help to find whoever is responsible before anyone else, including other animals, is hurt.”

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the TWRA at 731-423-5725.