Pennsylvania Residents: Help Stop Pigeon ShootsPosted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on May 25, 2010
Pennsylvania is the last state to openly practice live pigeon shoots — an archaic competition where live pigeons are used as shooting targets. Please help put an end to this cruel and barbaric event by contacting your Pennsylvania state legislators and asking them to support House Bill 1411 and Senate Bill 843.
During these events, the often-dazed pigeons are released from their cages and launched from spring-loaded boxes into the air. Participants shoot the pigeons with the goal of having the lifeless birds land within a specific target. Typically, seventy percent of the birds used in pigeon shoots are shot and wounded rather than killed outright, with some wounded birds left to suffer long, excruciating deaths. In a single day, hundreds to thousands of birds are shot.
In 1999, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that anti-cruelty laws apply to pigeons, yet still the shoots continue.