Target: Pennsylvania State Representative John Maher
Goal: Praise efforts to outlaw shooting live animal targets
The state of Pennsylvania is currently considering improving their animal protection legislation by introducing a bill that would protect live animals from being used as targets. The bill, if passed, would also outlaw the slaughter and sale of domestic animals such as dogs and cats for human consumption. The bill passed the State House with overwhelming support and will soon enter the Senate for a vote.
Some advocates are shocked that there is already no legislation against these types of cruel acts, including Bob Barker, host of well-known game show The Price is Right. The celebrity has teamed up with international advocacy group Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, or SHARK, to create a commercial informing citizens of the bill.
The bill seeks to outlaw “pigeon shoots,” competition events where people shoot captive pigeons as they are released from cages or boxes. Oftentimes, birds are not killed by the shots, and are left to suffer in “dead piles” for hours or even days before death. There are some that even travel in from out-of-state to attend these competitions, as these types of cruelty are outlawed in almost every other US state.
Laws to prohibit such blatant forms of animal cruelty are long overdue in the state of Pennsylvania. It is good to see such support for the new animal protection laws, though it is important that continued support sees the bill to passing. Your signature will applaud the creators of the bill and ask them to do everything possible to ensure that it comes into law.
Dear Rep. John Maher,
A bill to outlaw the use of live animals as targets has passed the State House in Pennsylvania. The bill would put an end to pigeon shoots, competitive events during which captive pigeons are released from boxes before being shot out of the sky. The bill would also prohibit the slaughter, processing, and sale of dogs and cats for food.
These types of restrictions on animal cruelty are long overdue for the state of Pennsylvania, where visitors from neighboring states have been known to visit to participate in pigeon shoots. I applaud your efforts to put an end to these barbaric and outdated acts of cruelty, and ask for your continues effort to see that the bill is passed into law.
[Your Name Here]
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