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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

Apr 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2018 Gilberto Simao
Apr 14, 2018 Jeane Casey
Apr 14, 2018 Whitney Hendrix
Apr 14, 2018 Helen Tam-Semmens
Apr 12, 2018 Kristine Richter
Apr 9, 2018 Marina Castro
Apr 9, 2018 Garry Taroli
Apr 9, 2018 Ann Lindholm
Apr 8, 2018 Martha Eberle
Apr 7, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 7, 2018 Lucy Kelly
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Apr 7, 2018 Wendy Kasprzyk
Apr 6, 2018 Christine Geise
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Apr 2, 2018 kathleen conroy
Apr 2, 2018 Norma Morgan
Mar 31, 2018 Alyssa Oggiono
Mar 29, 2018 Giustina Casale-Morton
Mar 29, 2018 cathy king
Mar 29, 2018 Rosalinde Katz
Mar 27, 2018 Sandra Cobb
Mar 27, 2018 Angelita Ritz
Mar 26, 2018 J L
Mar 26, 2018 Lens Lucas
Mar 26, 2018 Sheila Haas
Mar 25, 2018 Erin Sackmann
Mar 25, 2018 AnnIe Muril
Mar 25, 2018 angus murris
Mar 25, 2018 CarolC Maindonald
Mar 25, 2018 Donna Gilbert
Mar 25, 2018 Lola Pretto
Mar 25, 2018 Denise Bennett
Mar 25, 2018 Darla Lamoreaux
Mar 25, 2018 Sarah O’Malley
Mar 24, 2018 Cristina daCruz
Mar 22, 2018 Peggy Foley
Mar 22, 2018 Micki Sutton
Mar 21, 2018 Susan Querze
Mar 21, 2018 SARAH PAWLING
Mar 20, 2018 Adina Lesperance
Mar 20, 2018 Lesley Adamson
Mar 19, 2018 sandra schomberg
Mar 19, 2018 Candice C
Mar 19, 2018 Sophie Miranda
Mar 19, 2018 Karton Weston And Vermont is about to slaughter crows..Christ I'm sick of humans
Mar 19, 2018 josilda josilda
Mar 19, 2018 Lauren Lunde
Mar 19, 2018 Amy Keenan

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