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Pennsylvania Bill to Ban Sporting Tradition<br/> Remains on Active Senate Calendar!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Please contact your state Senator today!


Contrary to previous reports, the NRA has learned Senate Bill 626 was not referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration and at this time remains on the active Senate Calendar.  SB 626, sponsored by state Senator Patrick Browne (R-16) and supported "animal rights" extremists across the country, would criminalize and ban organized bird shoots in Pennsylvania. This anti-hunting legislation and attack on the state's proud traditions could be voted on by the state Senate as early as next week and needs your immediate attention.  Please contact your state Senator today and urge him or her to OPPOSE SB 626 and protect Pennsylvania's traditions. 


Organized bird shooting is a traditional, international shooting sport widely practiced in over thirty-five states across the nation, not just in Pennsylvania as opponents falsely claim.  For over a century, shoots have been held in Pennsylvania by law-abiding, ethical shooting enthusiasts, hunters, and sportsmen who would not tolerate an activity that constitutes cruelty to animals.


Radical 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 organized bird shoots, but banning all hunting species by species.  Here are a few examples of HSUS activities:


* Led a 2006 ballot campaign to ban dove hunting in Michigan (contributing $1.6 million to the effort)

* Funded efforts ballot initiative in 2004 to ban traditional bear hunting in Maine

* Successfully lobbied for the cancellation of the 2006 New Jersey black bear hunt

* Opposes hunting on National Wildlife Refuges

* Opposes state pheasant stocking programs in Pennsylvania and across the country


Please call and e-mail your state Senator TODAY to OPPOSE SB 626 and remind him or her that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has many longstanding traditions dating back hundreds of years and Pennsylvanians stand by those traditions.  For help identifying your state Senator and locating his or her contact information, please click here




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