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Urgent: Pigeon Shooting Ban Up for Possible Vote Today in Pennsylvania!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Please Contact Your State Representative Today! 

State Representative Daylin Leach (D-149) has filed amendments to Senate Bill 151 and House Bill 1543.  These amendments could be voted on by the House as early as today.  This legislation would criminalize and ban 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 with many participants throughout the Commonwealth and around the world.  Shoots have been held in Pennsylvania for more than one hundred years and 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” extremist 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 it could be 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 contact your State Representative TODAY and respectfully ask them to protect Pennsylvania’s rich hunting tradition by opposing Representative Leach’s amendments.  Contact information for your State Representative can be found here.

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