Unfortunately, today the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to amend a ban on pigeon shooting into House Bill 1750 by a 10 to 4 vote. It is now critical that you contact your state Senator and urge him or her to oppose and vote against HB 1750! HB 1750 could be considered by the full Senate any day now.
This legislation would criminalize organized pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania. Pigeon shooting is a traditional shooting sport and has many participants throughout the Commonwealth and around the world. Shoots have been held in Pennsylvania for more than a hundred years, and their participants are law-abiding, ethical shooting enthusiasts, hunters, and sportsmen.
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), they have organized and funded efforts in Pennsylvania and around the country to ban this longstanding traditional shooting sport. These bans begin the slide down a slippery slope, and HSUS’s next stop will be regulated shooting grounds and a ban on the stocking of pheasants, as they attempted to do in neighboring New Jersey.
Please call and e-mail your state Senator and urge him or her to oppose HB 1750. Please also contact your state Representative and urge him or her to oppose ANY attempt in the House to ban this shooting sport in Pennsylvania.
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