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Pigeon shoots have been banned in every part of the country except for the state of Pennsylvania, so call on the President of the Pennsylvania State Senate, Floor Leaders, the Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and the Pennsylvania State Governor to end the barbaric ‘tradition’ of pigeon shoots! It is inherent cruelty of shooting live, captured birds for sport, and this practice needs to end!

Today, Pennsylvania is the only remaining state that allows the practice to continue. In 2014, a bill to end pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania was allowed to expire after the NRA stepped in at the 11th hour with some heavy-handed lobbying [3] which put animal cruelty above that of animal rights.

Not only are 75% [4] of people in the state are in favor of a law that would ban the 'sport,' but 83% [4] of people said that it was an unnecessary form of animal cruelty, and not a tradition that should be preserved.

These shooting events consist of putting pigeons inside of a box, and then when a shooter calls out, the pigeon is either released, or launched from the box. The shooter then tries to hit the bird in the air to have it drop on a target on the ground. [1]

According to the Humane Society of the United States: "After each round of shots at the birds, participants — sometimes children — take to the field to collect wounded and dead animals. If the suffering pigeon is still alive, the collector will sometimes snap the animal's head off or slam her against the ground before tossing the animal into a barrel full of dead and dying pigeons." [2]

Many of these birds are not even from Pennsylvania. Recently discovered footage of people netting and stealing pigeons in New York City is believed to point to an illegal smuggling ring which transports the birds over state lines to provide the live targets for the merciless shoots. And while pigeons might not be New Yorkers' favorite animal, the NYPD has stated that removing them from city streets is illegal. [5]

Shooting pigeons for sport used to be practiced world-wide. But as time went on, people realized how cruel it was to trap a pigeon in a box, and then release it for the sole purpose of shooting a moving target. And today, the leadership in the state of Pennsylvania and the NRA are the only ones who want it to continue.

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To the President of the Pennsylvania State Senate and Floor Leaders, Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Leaders, and Pennsylvania State Governor,

The practice of pigeon shoots in your state is both cruel and utterly inhumane. Not only do the vast majority of your constituents share this sentiment, but they also show overwhelming favor in banning the events entirely.

The killing of any animal for nothing other than sport has been made illegal in much of the civilized world, so why is the state of Pennsylvania still holding up the ‘tradition?’

We ask that these events be banned from existence like they are in every other state in our country. There is no need for them to continue with such overwhelming support to end them for good, especially when there are so many alternatives to the sport.

Please come together to do the right thing and protect the lives of animals who have no voice of their own.


Petition Signatures

Jul 20, 2018 Vivian Bartlett Humans have so far to go...this is so wrong it makes me sick.
Jul 19, 2018 Laura Scherry
Jul 19, 2018 Vanessa Bäßler
Jul 19, 2018 Cindy Stein
Jul 19, 2018 e raven
Jul 19, 2018 Laura Krause
Jul 19, 2018 Sherrie Shown
Jul 14, 2018 Caterina Raviglione
Jul 14, 2018 Eleonora De Giorgio
Jul 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 8, 2018 Victor/Carol Ignaczak
Jul 6, 2018 Lynne Minore
Jul 1, 2018 Ilona O'Beirne
Jun 30, 2018 Paul Foulger
Jun 30, 2018 Patricia Flynn-Williams
Jun 29, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 29, 2018 Amanda Thomas
Jun 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2018 ashley erdmann
Jun 29, 2018 christine rochette
Jun 29, 2018 christine Henri
Jun 29, 2018 KIM HALL
Jun 29, 2018 Jan Goard
Jun 26, 2018 Becky Tank
Jun 24, 2018 Susan Winsberg This is nothing less than barbaric. SHAME! This practice must be STOPPED!
Jun 24, 2018 Marc Ochs
Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 20, 2018 Caroline Debaille
Jun 14, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jun 13, 2018 Laura Congdon
Jun 8, 2018 Ana Chen
Jun 8, 2018 Lisa Osthues
Jun 8, 2018 Beverly Steffens
Jun 8, 2018 Michelle Barbour
Jun 8, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2018 Nicole Goberdhan
May 25, 2018 gabriele jefferson
May 25, 2018 Lucilla Bellucci
May 24, 2018 Geraldo Majela Elias de Abreu Pereira
May 24, 2018 Jacqueline Rebel
May 23, 2018 Roseann Maziarek
May 23, 2018 Linda Scott
May 23, 2018 Barb Breese
May 22, 2018 Frances Onesti
May 22, 2018 Peter Fell
May 22, 2018 Shirley Sinclaire
May 22, 2018 Angelique Quillettes

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