Legislation to ban cruel live pigeon shoots has overwhelming support amongst the people of Pennsylvania. The State Senate voted 36-12 to ban the shoots. Governor Tom Corbett said he would sign it. The bill, HB 1750, was supposed to be voted on in the Pennsylvania State House on Monday October 20th. Even the Pennsylvania House Republicans Tweeted that the bill would get a vote that day, but do to last minute lobbying by the NRA, House Majority leader Mike Turzai pulled the bill.
After an historic vote in the Pennsylvania Senate to ban horrific live pigeon shoots, and Governor Tom Corbett's announcement he would sign the bill into law, the decades long battle to end these vicious and cruel slaughters – where pigeons are used as living targets and shot at for fun – the end was in sight.
And yet it did not happen. Why? Because House Majority Leader Mike Turzai betrayed the people of Pennsylvania and refused to allow the bill to be voted on.
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When Pennsylvania legislators return to work on September 15, one of the bills that could come up for a vote would ban PA’s infamous live pigeon shoots. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is predictably working very hard to keep that bill from coming to a vote.
As this update is being sent out, SHARK investigator Stu Chaifetz is holding a press conference at the state Capitol building in Harrisburg. Stu will show reporters the 30 second television ad exposing the horror of these killing contests.The ad features game show host legend Bob Barker speaking out against the cruelty of pigeon shoots, while graphic images of the killing contests are shown. You can view the ad for yourself here:
Graphic TV Commercial Urging Passage of Pigeon Shoot Legislation and Featuring Game Show Host Bob Barker to Air on CNN, FoxNews in PA Starting this Week
HARRISBURG, PA – A new statewide television commercial – narrated by legendary game show host Bob Barker and graphically showing gross animal cruelty at Pennsylvania pigeon shoots – will be unveiled here Tuesday. It's expected to air on CNN, FoxNews and other networks this week.
The news conference to preview the commercial and details of the campaign will be held TUESDAY/SEPT. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the State Capitol Rotunda.
Imagine a beautiful day out on a boat enjoying the sun and the beauty of the river. Suddenly shots ring out.
Shot fragments and bits of lead, steel, and other metals are raining down all around you. How can it be that you are in this beautiful public place on a scenic recreational river, and yet be at risk for a face full of shot fragments?
What if you had brought your family, your children?
You turn to look where the shots are coming from, and you see a curtain of fabric. The shots are coming from behind (and over and through) the curtain. Hidden behind that curtain is a live pigeon shoot, and the shooters are aiming their guns toward the river you are boating on.
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In October 2011, following a live pigeon shoot, SHARK's Angel copter caught Wing Pointe personnel burning not only pigeons, but also tires. Burning tires releases numerous toxins and is an environmental nightmare.
Unfortunately but predictably, the state has chosen to give Wing Pointe owner Joseph Solana, Jr. a pass, merely cautioning him not to do it again. No fine or penalty of any kind. That's how the game works in PA. Pigeon shooters get away with anything and everything - or at least they did until SHARK came on the scene.
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