Target: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf
Goal: Dismiss judge who was recorded on video murdering dozens of live pigeons for target practice.
Dozens of live pigeons were horrifically shot and killed for nothing more than entertainment by Berks County, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas judge Adolph Antanavage, according to a video recording alleging to show him taking part in the slaughter. This is a disgusting, unethical activity and this public official needs to be held accountable for his reported participation in it. Demand that this judge be dismissed from office as soon as possible.
“Canned pigeon hunts” are an atrocious practice where pigeons are forced into captivity, prevented from eating food and drinking water, and then forced into tiny, cramped containers at a gun range. The containers are then remotely opened and the pigeons inside them, driven by instinct to escape this horrific torture, fly away as people with shotguns joyously shoot them out of the air as if they were clay targets.
A video has recently come to light appearing to show Berks County’s Judge Antanavage engaging in one of these despicable “hunts.” Dozens if not hundreds of pigeons are shot down as the man reported to be Antanavage slowly and methodically fires his shotgun, reloads, and shoots again. To make matters even worse, a Confederate flag—a symbol of racism and white supremacy—can be seen hanging on the truck his apparent friends are sitting in the bed of, watching him as he shoots and cheering him on.
A man who is willing to engage in such an unethical sport with no apparent empathy for the animals he is mercilessly killing and maiming has no business being an arbiter of our nation’s laws. Sign the petition below to demand that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf dismiss Judge Antanavage from his position at once.
Dear Governor Wolf,
I am writing you about Berks County Court of Common Pleas judge Adolph Antanavage, a man you yourself nominated for judgeship. This man has apparently engaged in the cruel and unusual torture of animals and must be dismissed from office as soon as possible.
Video has recently gained widespread attention that appears to show Antanavage participating in a “canned pigeon hunt”—an event where pigeons are abused, forced into cramped containers, and then released at a gun range so that shooters can use them for target practice as they try to fly away. Many are saying that such practices are in blatant violation of your state’s animal cruelty laws.
That alone should be enough to justify Antanavage’s dismissal, but he if it is not a Confederate flag can also be seen waving in the video behind the man reported to be the judge. I’m sure you’ll agree that any judge who sympathizes with white supremacists cannot be relied on to conduct their responsibilities with objectivity.
Given Antanavage’s apparent hatred for animals and support for racism and white supremacy, he cannot be relied on to fulfill his duties as a Court of Common Pleas judge without bias. I demand that you fire him from his judgeship as soon as possible.
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Photo credit: Judge Adolph Antanavage