Outlaw Horrific Live Pigeon Shoots


Target: Pennsylvania House Speaker Samuel Smith

Goal: Outlaw the use of live pigeons in target practice and shooting competitions

It is currently legal to use live pigeons in what are known as “pigeon shoots” during target practice and shooting competitions in the state of Pennsylvania. Across the state pigeons are forced into spring-loaded boxes and launched into the air to be shot. And the barbaric practice is completely unnecessary. Participants can easily spare the suffering of these innocent creatures by using clay discs as a humane alternative.

Pennsylvania legislators have proposed a bill that would institute a statewide ban on live pigeon shoots. In addition the bill would outlaw the slaughter or sale of cats and dogs for human consumption. Officials with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals state that while this is a relatively rare occurrence, shockingly it remains legal in the state of Pennsylvania.

Companion animals belong in loving homes, not forced into the heartless meat trade to spend their short lives full of fear and cruelly confined until their brutal slaughter. Urge government officials to show compassion to pigeons and companion animals alike and vote in favor of this humane legislation.


Dear Representative Smith,

As an animal welfare advocate I find it shocking that two horrific practices of animal abuse are currently legal in the state of Pennsylvania: live pigeon shoots and the slaughter and sale of cats and dogs for human consumption.

Thankfully legislators have proposed House Bill 1750 (H.B. 1750), which would ban both of these cruel practices in your state. Pigeons are fully capable of feeling distress, fear and pain and do not deserve the cruel fate of being used in live pigeon shoots. These barbaric events involve forcing pigeons into spring-loaded boxes and launching them into the air only to be shot down moments later. Live pigeon shoots are disturbingly a part of everyday target practice and shooting competitions throughout your state, despite readily available and humane alternatives such as clay discs.

While slaughtering and selling dogs and cats for human consumption is far less common, surprisingly, it is legal in Pennsylvania. These animals have been our companions for hundreds of years and rely on humans to protect them from unimaginable cruelty like this.

I urge you to make the compassionate choice to protect pigeons and companion animals by supporting H.B. 1750. Please, encourage your colleagues to do the same.


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Photo credit: Christine Matthews via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Sylvia Browning says:

    William Penn, who founded Pennsylvania on ideals of tolerance and compassion, would hate this terrible abuse of gentle pigeons.

    Pigeons are heroes of war. Only cowards kill defenceless pigeons.

    Compassiom is now in fashion, so exercise it!

    • murry cohen says:

      Pennsylvania is a disgrace to the memory of the great William Penn. Were he to live in current day Pennsylvania, he would move to a different state.

  2. Rubens Jean-Louis says:


  3. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  4. Darlene Stewart says:

    Basically, we’re talking canned hunting here. The animal is so “out of sorts” on being released this way it has no chance of evasion. Not much of a hunter if they need to resort to these methods, that’s for sure. SHAME ON YOU!!!

  5. Sheila Jefferson says:

    Disgusting Pennsylvania!!! murdering barbaric heathens!
    END this and your other evil cruel abuses of animals!..you will pay one day, I pray it is soon.

  6. This practice is horrible and should be stopped. Just one more cruel thing humans do. Humans love to torture helpless animals.

  7. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser


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