Stop Live Pigeon Shoots in Pennsylvania

Target: The Pennsylvania Legislature

Goal: To ban live pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania, the only U.S. state where this activity is still legal.

Each year countless pigeons are netted and transported from city streets to the gun clubs of Pennsylvania where gun enthusiasts can pay to shoot them. In many cases, pigeons are illegally captured in New York and New Jersey and trafficked across state lines to Pennsylvania. The live pigeon shoot follows the same general concept as a clay pigeon shoot, with one serious exception, live birds rather than clay decoys are launched in the air to be used as targets for a group of waiting shooters who wound more than they kill.

Birds that are injured and recovered are killed by having their necks snapped by children called trapper boys; a practice that serves to teach children that it is acceptable to kill animals for fun. The countless birds that are not recovered are left to suffer a slow death from the wounds inflicted by the shooting. The recovered birds are not used for food or other purposes. They are simply thrown in trash.

For decades compassionate citizens and animal rights groups have come together in an effort to pass legislation that would ban this type of legalized animal cruelty in Pennsylvania but lobbyists for the National Rifle Association continue to use their power to fight these bills. According to The Humane Society of the United States, the Pennsylvania State Legislature is once again considering an amendment attached to a bill that would outlaw live pigeon shoots. The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of this legislation in April, 2011 but it must also be passed by the full Senate in order to become law. Please show your support for this amendment by signing the petition.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Pennsylvania Legislators,

It has come to my attention that you are once again considering a bill that would outlaw live pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania. As the only state in the union to allow this type of animal cruelty, your passing of legislation that would ban this practice is long overdue.

There can be no rational justification for the use of live animals for target practice and making a game of killing these birds is simply unacceptable.

Please take a stand against animal cruelty and live pigeon shoots by supporting the Maher anticruelty amendment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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15 Comments

  1. angela rabon says:

    This pigeon shoot is disgusting!!!! Who would do this kind of evil, barbaric act to helpless pigeons? These people are sick…and even worse, they are teaching this sickness to their children! Unbelievable!!

  2. go back to the clay pigeon discs….no need to shoot live pigeons.

  3. ONE MORE ACT OF SENCELESS & BARBARIC CRUELTY
    & THEN TO HAVE CHILDREN FINALLY KILLING THE INJURED PIGEONS… DISGRACEFUL & WHAT A WAY TO ALLOW CHILDREN TO DO THIS EVIL ACT… NO WONDER A LOT OF THE YOUNG HAVE NO SENCE OF KINDNESS TO ANIMALS..
    PLEASE STOP THIS NOW & GO BACK TO THE CLAY PIGEONS !

  4. Joyce Shulman says:

    How disgusting these”people” are- One day the roles might cange-hopefully

  5. Bird slaughter doesn´t make Pennsylvania interesting.

  6. Shooting animals is what armed, gun-toting psychopaths do. It’s merely legalized murder. How different is this from the days when they sent these same blood-thirsty types after escaped human slaves? There’s NO difference at all. These cowards are looking to hurt and kill a creature which cannot say no to them, and who cannot fight back in the same manner. They take pleasure from hurting, exploiting, abusing and murdering other life forms. That IS the definition of a psychopath, whether they liked to be called such or not. Too damned bad for them – the truth always comes out in the end.

    SHOOT EACH OTHER – LEAVE THE ANIMALS ALONE!

  7. Arvina Copeland says:

    Why don’t they shoot fish in a barrel?

  8. How cruel, why don’t they go and shoot plates thrown up in the air, some people are so sick they need putting down.

  9. The people who do this, and this includes the NRA, are idiots. They are cruel and they thrive on this type of cruelty. This kind of thing needs to be put in every newspaper and on TV so the nation can find out about this. Every animal organization should send representatives to one of these shoots with film crews so they can expose these sick people and any group who endorses them.

  10. This display of total disregard for another living creature disgusts me. So much so, I can only in good conscience say, to hell with the NRA. These murderers need to be dealt with–dor what they are–murderers. There is no place for this kind of sadistic, demented behavior in modern civilized society, and certainly not in this country. Pennsylvania, where’s the “brotherly love”??!!–you all ought to hang your heads in shame. You will be reckoned with.

  11. To stop this cruelty you can write notes to he president on why it should stop.(get other people to write to).

  12. Debbie Sandy says:

    I was born and raised in pa. When i was a young child and would go to these pigeon shoots with people who had no idea, that what i was forced to witness,was affecting me in an adverse way. As a child i had nothing to say about these shoots, but i sure have a lot to say now. Grow up people of pa. and Government officials, open your eyes and realize not only is shooting defenseless pigeons, and other defenseless animals unacceptable, barbaric, and senseless, it also affects young minds, when they witness killing of living things,by the adults in their lives. For me it has worked the opposite,because I felt so strongly, even as a child that these shooting were wrong, and i am not against all hunting and killing of any defenseless animals. I can’t understand how anyone in their right mind, would see this as a sport, or sporting event. That’s why i say the people that involve themselves in this activity, in my opinion are not mentally stable. People it is 2013, lets act like it.

  13. Debbie Sandy says:

    I made a typing error in the comment above the word NOT is supposed to be NOW.

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