Stop Cruelly Shooting Doves for Entertainment

Target:  Charlton H. Bonham, Director, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Goal:  Stop the senseless shooting of innocent doves for sport.

A traditional symbol of peace and hope, there is clearly something wrong with the shooting of doves for sport and pleasure. Not overpopulated, doves are small, innocuous beings that are classified as game birds despite the fact that they have little meat to offer, making them an inadequate human food source. Referred to as the “Farmer’s Friend,” these inoffensive creatures deserve respect and protection by banning all dove hunting and target practice shooting in California.

Nationwide, the dove is a leading game bird, with over 20 million feathered friends shot each year. Historically, the number of dove shootings has been as high as 70 million annually. Doves are backyard songbirds with no malice, and many object to their classification of game bird by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Many doves are cold-heartedly used for target practice and referred to as “cheap skeet.” The Humane Society reports that over 30 percent of doves shot are slow to die from the wound, resulting in many poor birds left on the ground to suffer a long and painful death. Some hunters who retrieve doves reportedly tear the head of the bird off if it’s still alive when they find it.

Doves do not cause harm to human beings or their neighboring creatures. Conciliatory beings, they will go out of their way to avoid trouble or hostility. Extremely sensitive, doves mate for life and have been known to lovingly sit by the side of their deceased partner. Farmers appreciate these animals because they eat weed seeds and cause no harm to crops.

The fall hunting season grossly interferes with dove families, leaving many dependent chicks orphaned and left to die with no parental care. Furthermore, current regulation doesn’t require doves to be killed with non-lead bullets, posing additional threats to people, animals, and the environment. It is unacceptable to allow people to shoot these peaceful creatures for the sake of entertainment, disrespectfully leaving behind toxic waste that causes harm. Sign the petition to ban dove hunting and target practice shooting in the State of California and give these birds the right to a peaceful existence.


Dear Director Bonham,

There are virtually no good reasons to murder harmless and sentient doves for the sake of sport. These docile creatures are backyard songbirds and too small to provide sustenance to the hunter. They do not harm human beings or fellow animals, spread no disease, and assist farmers by eating weed seeds without damaging crops.

Using doves as live targets is ruthless and offensive. HSUS reports a wounding rate of over 30 percent of doves shot, leaving many poor birds on the ground to die slowly and mercilessly. If society tells us to respect all life, then how can we condone the cruel and pointless murder of harmless doves by people who find killing a disadvantaged animal entertaining?

Inoffensive doves should not be hunted down and killed for sport with lead ammunition that is toxic to people, animals, and the environment. Doves are not large enough to provide an adequate food source for humans, and they have no malice toward people or their fellow creatures. The hunting of doves must be banned in California, and new legislation strongly enforced to protect these songbirds and their chicks from future cruelty and disregard.


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  1. Stop barbaric and senseless dove slaughter, now!


  3. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Psalm 50:10 ~God cares for the animals. “Jesus said: ‘are not the five sparrows sold for two copper coins and not one of them is forgotten before God.

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