The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled Senate Bill 1150, sponsored by State Senator Patrick Browne (R-16), for a possible vote on Tuesday, March 18 at 11:30 a.m. in Room 8E-B, East Wing of the Main Capitol Building. This legislation would criminalize organized pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania by amending Title 18 ("Crimes and Offenses") of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.
Pigeon shooting is an historic and legitimate activity steeped in tradition. It has many participants throughout the Commonwealth and around the world. Shoots have been held in Pennsylvania for more than a hundred years. The participants are law-abiding, ethical shooting enthusiasts, hunters, and sportsmen who would not tolerate an activity that would constitute cruelty to animals.
Of course, opposition to pigeon shooting does not come from within the Commonwealth but from the outside. National “animal rights” groups, led by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), have organized and funded efforts in Pennsylvania and around the country to ban this longstanding traditional shooting sport. Make no mistake, this isn’t just about banning pigeon shooting, but banning all hunting species by species. Today, its pigeon shooting, tomorrow deer hunting. Remember, Wayne Pacelle, the CEO of HSUS has said, “If we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would.” He has even admitted, "We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States... We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped..."
Please call the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to OPPOSE SB1150.
Senate Judiciary Committee Members:
State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf (R-12), Chair
State Senator Mary Jo White (R-21), Vice Chair
State Senator Jay Costa (D-43), Minority Chair
State Senator Joseph B. Scarnati III (R-25), ex-officio
State Senator Patrick M. Browne (R-16)
State Senator Jane M. Earll (R-49)
State Senator John R. Gordner (R-27)
State Senator Jane Clare Orie (R-40)
State Senator Jeffrey E. Piccola (R-15)
State Senator John C. Rafferty Jr. (R-44)
State Senator Lisa M. Boscola (D-18)
State Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-42)
State Senator Michael J. Stack (D-5)
State Senator J. Barry Stout (D-46)