PA residents: PA HB 1411/SB 843: Bans the use of trap-released or tethered animals for targets.

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PA residents: PA HB 1411/SB 843: Bans the use of trap-released or tethered animals for targets.

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Louis Terrance started this petition to Pennsylvania State House and

(Showing Animals Respect & Kindness) SHARK, whose activists travel to Pennsylvania almost every week to attend the pigeon shoots and document the cruelty, points out that Pennsylvania's Animal Cruelty Law, Title 18, section 5511 prohibits a person from wantonly or cruelly ill-treating or otherwise abusing any animal. The law also prohibits
neglect, abandonment, and deprivation of food, drink, shelter, or
veterinary care. Pigeon shoots violate every one of these prohibitions. All
of the information including videos can be downloaded at

Killing Contests: Cruel and Cowardly in Pennsylvania - a national shame!

Please support and help pass PA H.B. 1411/S.B. 843: Bans the use of trap-released or tethered animals for targets.

Pigeon shoots are competitions wherein hundreds to thousands of live birds are shot at to win prizes. A typical 3-day shoot contest can kill and injure up to 15,000 birds.

The pigeons are captured and collected for weeks ahead of time, then released from trap boxes only yards away from the so-called "sportsmen". The birds are generally dazed and suffering from dehydration or starvation as they are sprung out of the boxes.

"Personally, I think it's a barbaric act and I don't understand the joy as to why somebody would do it" - Fred Harran of Bensalem Police.

Rather than mercifully being given a quick death, 70% of the birds are injured when shot and either left to suffer slow deaths or collected and killed by pigeon shoot "trapper boys" or "wringers", traditionally children, who break their necks, step on them, tear off wings, suffocate them, or cut off their heads with garden shears, among other abuses.

Pigeon shoots are nothing more than a vile excuse for entertainment for the dull-witted or psychopathic. Illegal in other countries and in all but a couple of American states, most people realize the despicable nature of these bird-killing contests.

“If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”  St. Francis of Assisi

In January 1990, Pope John Paul II issued a proclamation declaring that animals have souls.

Even children of parents who do these pigeon shoots are taught this perversion of pleasure.

The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 30:257–65, 2002

"A history of animal cruelty during childhood was significantly associated with APD [Antisocial Personality Disorder], antisocial personality traits, and polysubstance abuse. Mental retardation, psychotic disorders, and alcohol abuse showed no such association."

The United States of America is an extremely violent nation - the cruelty to animals will also be expressed toward fellow human beings.

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