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It’s Elmer Fudd Weekend – UPDATE

UPDATE:  follow this link

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Looks like the Elmer Fudd slob hunters will be out this weekend.  The Pike Sportsmans Club for the undereducated cowards has prepped the killing fields for their next bird slaughter.  What’s interesting is that the slob hunters cover their license plates with napkins and paper.  Technically, this is illegal.  But then again, the slob hunters never let breaking the law get in their way.  They have attacked people without repercussions.  The slob hunters are angry and violent people.

From the Humane Society of the United States.  The Pike Sportmans Club is featured in the HSUS video.

It’s time to take action.  Sign the petition on the side of the page at:

http://animals.change.org/actions/view/philadelphias_shame_pennsylvania_pigeon_shoots

(Just want the readers to know that I am not a vegetarian or vegan and that I eat meat and I respect REAL hunters.  What happens at these pigeon shoots is NOT hunting.  It is gambling.  The NRA is a HUGE sponsor of these bird slaughters.)

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Animal Abuse Animal cruelty Pigeon Shoots

The Killing Clubs – UPDATED

This is as bad as dog fighting.

Those involved in pigeon shoots are also known to be involved in other acts of cruelty, like assault.

And then there is District Attorney John T. Adams…

(wow… he mentions Puppies)

You can help put an end to this animal cruelty.  Visit PennsylvaniaShame.com .

UPDATE:

You can read more about this act of animal cruelty here and here.

UPDATE 2:

Pike Sportsmen’s Club no longer holds live pigeon shoots.

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More On Puppy Shoots and Dog Fights

Now that I have your attention, here is more information on what you can do to stop live animal shoots.  These live pigeon shoots involve gambling, just like dog fights.

Pennsylvania’s Pigeon Shoots                                     humanesociety.org

Pennsylvania is the last state to openly host pigeon shoots, cruel events where shooters aim at dazed pigeons launched randomly from boxes with the goal of downing the birds within a ring for prizes. Similar to animal fighting events in their underground nature, contestants gamble on who can shoot the most animals.

Held at private gun clubs, a look at the parking lots during a shoot reveals a mix of local vehicles and luxury cars from as far away as New York, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C.   And just like the participants, the birds are trafficked in from out of state with many coming from illegal bird captures in New York City.  In fact, just about the only thing about the shoots that comes from Pennsylvania is the legislature’s unwillingness to address this brutality.

“Cheap Skeet”

In 1921, live pigeon shoots were banned in Great Britain, and with the growth of the humane movement in the U.S., they were outlawed in a growing number of states. Today, Pennsylvania is the only state to openly harbor them.

After each round of shots at the birds, participants—sometimes children—take to the field to collect wounded and dead animals. If the suffering pigeon is still alive, the collector will sometimes snap the animal’s head off or slam her against the ground before tossing the animal into a barrel full of dead and dying pigeons. Often, wounded birds make it outside the ring to the surrounding area and suffer for days before succumbing to their injuries.

The birds are stockpiled months before the shoots in cramped cages, and the pigeons arrive at the events malnourished, dehydrated and disoriented. As many as 5,000 birds become living targets during a three-day shoot, with 70 percent of the birds wounded rather than killed outright and left to suffer before dying.

What You Can Do

HB 1411 and SB 843 have been introduced to finally address the use of live animals in target shoots.  If you live in Pennsylvania, call your legislators and tell them that pigeon shoots are an embarrassment to Pennsylvania and it’s time to join the rest of the states in shutting them down.

To find out your state legislators, please visit:  humanesociety.org/leglookup.  If you’re interested in sitting down with your legislators to discuss his or her support for this bill, please contact Heidi Prescott, HSUS senior vice president who works on our pigeon shoot campaign, at hprescott@humanesociety.org or 301 721 6415.  We’re always interested in feedback from legislators on this issue, so please contact Heidi at any time.

(posted with permission from the Humane Society)

Correction from previous posting:  HB 1411 is still in committee and Legislator Tom Caltigirone supports ending pigeon shoots.  He is holding up placing the bill up for votes because he thinks that there aren’t enough votes for passage.  This is why it is important to contact your State Legislator.

There are three pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania.  One at Wing Point in Hamburg, one at the Pike Sportsman’s Club in Pike Township and one that was reborn at the Philadelphia Gun Club in Bucks County.  Take notice that two of these slob hunter gambling events take place in Berks County.  Shame, shame, shame.

The PA Victory Flyers Fund, a PAC that supports and encourages live pigeon shoots, contributed $1000.00 to Berks County District Attorney John Adams campaign.  Is this why John Adams is ordering the Humane Society Officer to drop charges of animal cruelty against the Pike Sportsman’s Club?

If I contributed $2000.00 to John Adams campaign, would he then prosecute the Pike Sportsman’s Club for animal cruelty?  Just asking.

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Assailant Flees Crime Scene – UPDATE

Not only do the slob hunters show their cowardice by shooting captured birds, they flee the scene of a crime.  If you recognize this person, notify the Pennsylvania State Police.

Is this one of the cases that District Attorney John Adams wants dismissed?  Does Tom Caltigirone and Mike O’Pake support criminal acts against people in Berks County?  What is reason behind District Attorney John Adams, Legislator Tom Caltigirone and Senator Mike O’Pake supporting these pigeon shoots?  Would campaign contributions from the Victory Flyers PAC have anything to do with the continuation of these acts of animal cruelty?  Not only are defenseless pigeons being abused, now people are being attacked.

You can contact your PA State Legislator and Tom Caltigirone here:  http://www.legis.state.pa.us/

You can contact your PA State Senator and Mike O’Pake here:  http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/find.cfm

You can contact the Berks County District Attorney here:  http://www.co.berks.pa.us/da/site/default.asp

Stay tuned…

UPDATE:  District Attorney John Adams received $1000.00 in campaign funds from the PA Victory Flyers PAC.

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Animal Abuse Animal cruelty Pennsylvania Politics

Puppy Shoots – UPDATED

If this cute little puppy was captured on the streets of New York City, placed in a cage and not allowed to eat or drink water for one week and then taken to a sportman’s club, tossed into the air so that slob hunters could shoot it full of shotgun pellets and then tossed into a trash can while still alive and slowly dying, the residents of Pike Township and Pennsylvania would be up in arms, protesting in the streets and writing letters to the editor and to their State Senators and State Legislators to put a stop to this cruel and inhumane practice.  Well, this is what is happening to pigeons.  They are captured on the streets of New York City, starved and then tossed into the air so that Elmer Fudd can take a shot at these defenseless birds.  This happens two to three times a year at the Pike Sportsmens Club in Pike Township.  The Pike Sportsmens Club no longer holds live pigeon shoots.

Here’s a link to a recent report by Channel 10 News, Philadelphia, Pa.

There is a court challenge to this pigeon shoot which Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams is refusing to persue.  Is he refusing because he receives money from the Flyers Victory Club, a PAC devoted to promoting animal cruelty?

State Senator Mike O’Pake will not support ending live pigeon shoots and State Legislator, Tom Caltigirone will not allow the house bill that bans live pigeon shoots to come to the floor for a vote.

Dogs are considered “man’s best friend” and it is true, that many dogs have saved people’s lives.  Another fact is that pigeons are also friends to man.  Pigeons were used as carriers during the World Wars and the messages that they carried saved people’s lives.  A pigeon is also a religious symbol and represents the Holy Spirit of the Christian Trinity. Read some more facts about pigeons.   The slob hunters are ignorant and pigeon shoots are about money.  This is a gambling event.

We pressured Harrisburg to put an end to puppy mills.  Why isn’t Harrisburg putting an end to live pigeon shoots?  Guess pigeons just aren’t as cute as puppies.

(No puppies were harmed during the writing of this thread.  All the puppies in these pictures come from loving homes)

UPDATE:  Pike Sportmen’s Club no longer holds live pigeon shoots but there are other clubs that still hold these games of animal cruelty.

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Slob Hunters Pennsylvania’s Disgrace

It’s time to end these pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania. From the Pocono Record

Live pigeon shoots should be outlawed. So should tethered turkey shoots. Yet in Pennsylvania, these inhumane activities continue.

State representatives John Siptroth, D-189, and Mike Carroll, D-118, are backing a bill that would ban such practices. State Sen. Pat Browne, R-16, is sponsoring a companion bill, S.B. 843. Both H.B. 1411 and S.B. 843 would ban the use of live animals or fowl for targets at a trap shoot or block shoot. Neither bill would affect traditional hunting; both apply only to shoots in which captive birds are launched from boxes in front of the shooter (pigeon shoots) or are tethered in place so they cannot escape (turkey shoots). The bills would make organizing, operating or conducting such a shoot a summary offense.

Link to PA House Bill 1411

See the animal cruelty for yourself…

DO SOMETHING. Call or write to your PA State Legislator and tell him or her to support H.B. 1411. Let’s put a stop to this shameful cruelty. Pigeon shoots are a form of gambling just like dog fights and cock fights and should outlawed. Pennsylvania is the only State that doesn’t outlaw pigeon shoots and turkey shoots. Shame on Pennsylvania.

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Stop the Killing Fields

Pennsylvania is the only state in the country where live pigeon shoots are still practiced openly and Berks County is where most of them take place. These shoots are held just like clay shoots except live pigeons are launched in the air from traps and shot from 30 yards away. More of these animals are wounded than killed outright. This year, you can help bring these barbaric, cruel events to an end – and prevent tens of thousands of birds from horrendous suffering and cruel deaths. We are very close to ending live pigeon shoots by passing a bill to outlaw this practice in the Pennsylvania legislature. Every “yes” vote will count. Each year, support grows in the legislature to end this practice, and we must make this our year! The difference will be constituent pressure from people like you.

Please send an email or letter to your state representative and state senator asking him/her to support legislation to prohibit live pigeon and other live animal target shoots. If you don’t know your representative or senator or how to contact them – just go to www.legis.state.pa.us/

For more information on pigeon shoots and what you can do to help end this cruelty, see:

https://community.hsus.org/campaign/PA_2009_caged_animal_shoots OR

www.hsus.org/wildlife_abuse/campaigns/contests/pigeon_shoots.html

Interested in knowing more or getting involved in promoting the legislation which will finally bring live pigeon shoots to an end? Contact Heidi Prescott at hprescott@hsus..org The legislative process may be confusing at times, and she will be happy to help you figure out who your legislators are and will send you contact information also.

This is a great opportunity for each one of us to stop a cruel practice that is happening right in our backyards! Please take action. Also, we are tracking the responses of legislators, so please send any feedback you get to hprescott@hsus.org. Most legislators will respond fairly quickly to e-mails.

Thanks again for your help.

In case you missed it the first time…

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Animal cruelty Food

Is That Milk Really Organic?

Not only are corporations laying off their workers, Horizon milk will be canceling contracts with local dairy farmers. This will put many dairy farmers out of business. What happens to the cows when the farm closes? They either get sold or put down.

Pressure has been placed on PA state legislators to have the label changed on milk so that the consumer could not tell the difference between the milk that came from factory farms and the milk that came from farms where the cows were free roaming. When cows live in factory farms they are confined to a small area which is stressful to the animal. As the term “factory” indicates, these cows are forced to produce more milk. In order to do this, the cows must be given additional hormones and other chemicals which causes infections in their milk ducts thus producing pus in the milk.

Horizon will be building a huge factory farm in New Mexico. Orangeclouds115 at Daily Kos has more on this topic which I recommend reading. The details and pictures are all in the diary.

Some factory farm facts here and here

Whoever owns the food, will rule the world. Beware of Monsanto and Horizon.

(note: I am not a vegetarian and this article is not meant to promote a vegetarian diet. The purpose is to promote humane treatment of farm animals. Know the source for your food.)

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Animal cruelty Pennsylvania

The Slob Hunters of Pennsylvania

Yesterday, February 14, 2009,  the Pike Sportsmen’s Club held another one of their animal cruelty events.  It was time for another one of those blood letting, cowardly pigeon shoots.

For the past couple of years, there has been legislation sitting in committee that would outlaw pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania.  The NRA does not want this legislation to pass and the PA State Legislators are more beholding to the NRA than they are to their constituents.

These pigeon shoots are not only cruel to animals but they also are cruel to children.  The cowardly gun slingers are opposed to getting themselves dirty or bloody so they pay children to pick up the injured birds.  Notice that I wrote “injured” birds because these pigeons are not killed out right.  They are hit with birdshot and left to die on the field.

Watch this video, if you can stomach it.

Have information about a pigeon shoot?  Call 1-800-637-4124.

And then there are the “Turkey Shoots”.  Warning:  very graphic animal abuse.

Do something… contact your Legislator.  Let’s put a stop to this vile behavior.

Here’s a link and another link to Take Action.

More about pigeon shoots…. and link to SHARK.org….

I’m sure Dick Cheney would enjoy these “canned” bird killings.