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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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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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We need your help!

On Saturday September 27th “Berks for Obama” is walking in support of The Humane Society of Berks County under the pack name “Bark for Obama”! My husband, myself and our mini dachshund are both walking with the Pack and have set up a fundraising page: http://www.firstgiving.com/shrinkingminchs. The pack has to raise $1000 total in order to qualify for special Bark for Obama t-shirts and a table at the event. This is a great opportunity of exposure for us as this is sure to be a huge event! It’s even being held within the Reading Phillies stadium! The top fundraiser even wins a billboard advertisement located within Berks County!

If your available you should most deffinetely try to sign up and walk with us! You can find out all the information you need to know here.

And if your unable to walk and would like to contribute to our fundraising page at the link above we would be forever greatful!

Yes we can!!!