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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.

Sign Here

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

Jan 22, 2018 Anna-Rosa Baker
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Jan 22, 2018 Yolanda Bernhard
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Jan 21, 2018 Linda Snyder
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Jan 21, 2018 George Anderson
Jan 21, 2018 Francesca Grondona
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Jan 21, 2018 Nicola Nicolai
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Jan 21, 2018 Stephanie Dejou
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Jan 21, 2018 dionne Toye
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Jan 21, 2018 Sophie Avoustin
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Jan 21, 2018 Niina Bejling
Jan 21, 2018 Loraine Lindsey
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Jan 21, 2018 Jennifer Horsmon
Jan 21, 2018 Sharon Kaylor
Jan 21, 2018 Mary Bissell
Jan 21, 2018 Rose Saunders
Jan 21, 2018 Margie Hancock
Jan 21, 2018 Marie-Laurence Yans
Jan 21, 2018 Anne-Marie Hewitt
Jan 21, 2018 Paul Kalka
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Jan 21, 2018 joão Carranço
Jan 21, 2018 Audrey Mannolini
Jan 20, 2018 kaitlyn bellino
Jan 20, 2018 Sonya Grant
Jan 20, 2018 Dave/Rita Cross There are objects to be used for target practice instead of birds! This ridiculous cruelty need to be banned everywhere! Thank you!!
Jan 20, 2018 Tamara Weatherly

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