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Bill Attacking Pennsylvania’s Sporting Tradition Remains Active on Senate Calendar

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Please Continue to Contact Your State Senator! 

With the final days of the legislative session quickly winding down for the summer recess, Senate Bill 626 remains on the Senate Calendar for possible consideration by the Pennsylvania Senate.  Animal “rights” activists are again actively lobbying for this legislation to be considered this week.  This legislation is an unjustified attack by animal “rights” extremists who want to criminalize and ban organized bird shoots in Pennsylvania.

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.

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.  But, make no mistake, this is not just about banning organized bird shoots, this is ultimately about 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 a ballot initiative in 2004 to ban traditional bear hunting in Maine
* Successfully lobbied for the cancellation of the 2006 New Jersey black bear hunt
* Opposed hunting on National Wildlife Refuges
* Opposed state pheasant stocking programs in Pennsylvania and across the country

Please continue to contact your state Senator TODAY and urge him or her to protect Pennsylvania’s sporting traditions and OPPOSE SB 626.  For help identifying your state Senator and their contact information, please click here.   

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