20 Years! That's how long the Humane Society of the U.S. has been trying to get a ban on LIVE PIGEON SHOOTS in Pennsylvania. It's the 21st century and Pennsylvania is the last state to sanction the maiming and killing of live birds during shoots at private hunt clubs, JUST FOR ENTERTAINMENT!
Ghandi said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." As Americans, I know we are better than this!
If you watch the video below, I know you will be just as outraged as me, and just as determined to end this cruelty once and for all. As you will see, it's neither hunting nor sporting to shoot a slow, disoriented, malnourished bird whose never flown before, from 30 yards away!
Please, if you live in Pennsylvania, or know someone who does, sign and forward this petition. Call your PA legislators, and tell them to put an end to this barbaric activity. Pennsylvania politicians, like so many others, are addicted to campaign contributions from the NRA. They are too cowardly to stand up for what is right, or to even enforce the Animal Cruelty Statutes that were written into law many years ago.
Even if you don't live in the state of PA, let's send Gov. Tom Corbett the message that YOUR state HAS banned such cruelty to animals and it's time Pennsylvania does the same.
Thank you for taking the time to sign this petition for the Rock Doves who are slaughtered by the tens of thousands in the name of recreation!
Ban All Live Pigeon Shoots in Pennsylvania Forever!
Back in the 1950's my father took me to a shoot in Hegins, PA. Though only 6 or 7 at the time, I can still see and smell the huge mounds of broken feathers and blood that a short time ago was a living Rock Dove; otherwise known as the homely pigeon. I still get physically nauseated from the memories of thousands of dead birds; some only wounded but suffering horribly. I ran to the car, locked myself in, and cried hysterically all the way home.
It is now the 21st century and Pennsylvania is one of the only states that still sanctions the maiming and killing of live birds during shoots at private hunt clubs. The Humane Society of the United States has been trying to shut them down for over 20 years, but the politicians are beholding to NRA donated campaign dollars, so have turned their backs on these barbaric and inhumane shoots. In spite of Animal Cruelty statutes, county District Attorneys where these private clubs are located refuse to prosecute.
Please, if you live in Pennsylvania, or know someone who does, sign or forward this petition. Call your PA legislators and tell them to put an end to this cruel practice once and for all.
These birds are often raised domestically. Most have never flown free until the moment the trap opens up, releasing them to freedom which equals death or incredible suffering. At the Philadelphia Hunt Club, wounded birds often drop into the Delaware River and slowly drown. It is a particularly pathetic and cowardly act on the part of the so called "shooters." As Americans, we are better than this! The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" ~Gandhi (1869-1948) Thank you for taking the time to sign this petition for the Rock Doves and all those who suffer needlessly in the name of recreation!