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.
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.
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