Here is another call for stopping life pigeon shooting in Pennsylvania as well as other embarrassing and barbaric “traditions” (published with courtesy of Anna Dove – New York Bird Club):
“Patrick Kwan of The Humane Society of the U.S. will join other spokespeople and entertainers in celebration of the New York City pigeon at National Pigeon Day on Saturday, June 13th from noon to 4 pm. in Central Park. Please refer to the blog: http://www.nationalpigeonday.com for details, and check back for updates to the event. We look forward to seeing you on June 13th. Legislation to Ban Live Animal Shoots (including pigeons) in Pennsylvania state (copied from the HSUS website): Legislation (H.B. 1411/S.B. 843) to ban the mechanical launching of live animals for target shooting was introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature last week. Last session, calls and emails from advocates like you created a tremendous foundation to ban pigeon shoots, a long-standing embarrassment to Pennsylvania.
This legislation will finally put an end to live pigeon shoots in the last state where they are openly practiced. During these events, participants compete to shoot live birds launched from spring-loaded boxes and have them land within a ring for prizes and money.
H.B. 1411/S.B. 843 will also stop barbaric events like turkey shoots where live, tame white turkeys have their feet tied to bales of hay and then are shot with arrows fired from people standing just yards away.
Your representative’s support could depend on constituent responses — so every phone call counts. Please contact your state representative, Thomas Creighton, today!
Please make a brief, polite phone call to Representative Creighton at (717) 772-5290 to urge support for H.B. 1411 to ban caged animal shoots.
When you call, you will likely speak to a staff member who will pass your message along to your legislator. Remember to be polite and professional, and leave your name and address so it is clear that you are a constituent. You can say:
“Hello, my name is [your name] and I am calling from [your town] to urge Representative Creighton to support H.B. 1411 to ban the shooting of trap-released or tethered animals as live targets. Pennsylvania is the last state to openly practice pigeon shoots. It’s time we banned these barbaric shoots that many states banned a century ago. Thank you.”
Patrick Kwan is New York state director for The Humane Society of the United States (http://www.humanesociety.org ) and spearheads the organization’s humane policy & campaigns in the Empire State. Backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28, including over 800,000 New Yorkers, The HSUS is the nation’s largest animal protection organization. Prior to joining The HSUS, he was a field organizer for Amnesty International and an advisory board member of the Center for Environmental Citizenship (now the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund), and managed media relations & communications efforts for corporate, nonprofit, and government organizations including the Mayor’s Alliance’s for NYC’s Animals, The September 11th Fund, and NYC & Company.