Support HB 1750 or SB 510 to End Barbaric Live Pigeon Shoots


ladiesBreaking:  HB 1750 has been amended with bill language to also end live pigeon shoots.  Check out this important update here: Support HB 1750 – to End 2 Shockingly Cruel Forms of Animal Abuse

Enough is enough. It is time to vote on a bill to end live pigeon shoots.  Please contact your state  senator to ask them to not only support, HB 1750 to end these pitiless contests, but ask them to also push their leadership to schedule it for a vote. Click here for a sample letter.  Also, help apply public pressure by submitting a letter to the editor.  Thank you for your help.

WHAT IS A LIVE PIGEON SHOOT? Live pigeon shoots are inhumane contests where live birds who have been captured, brought into Pennsylvania, often illegally from neighboring states, are shot at close range by shooters who earn points for every bird they shoot down within a certain range. Observers estimate that 70% of the birds are wounded but not killed outright.  Pennsylvania remains the one of the last states where these  notoriously cruel events are openly and regularly held.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH PIGEON SHOOTS? They are extremely cruel. Each live pigeon shoot results in untold animal suffering; neighbors around the shoots have watched wounded birds slowly bleed to death over hours and days. Additionally, children are used to retrieve the shot birds and pets pick up the dead and dying birds left in the shooting area.

In preparation for the shoot, pigeons are kept in boxes and then launched one-by-one into the air by a spring loaded bottom when the box is opened. The shooter must react to which box opens and receives points according to where the birds land.  The birds are disoriented and confused as the shooter opens fire.   At the end of the events, shooters receive prizes for their performance.

After each round of shooting, birds within the shooting circle are collected – often by youth with no training in proper euthanasia methods – and killed or immobilized by slamming, snapping, or snipping the head off or breaking of the neck. The birds are then tossed into a barrel or pile of dead and dying pigeons and discarded as garbage. It is common to find live birds mixed with the dead in the garbage heap hours, or even days, after the shoot.

Pigeon shoots are similar to dog fights and cockfights in that participants gamble on the outcome of these events where winners kill the most birds.

TRUE SPORTSMEN OPPOSE LIVE PIGEON SHOOTS: Most hunters recognize there is a big difference between stalking a wild animal in the woods and shooting a disoriented, captive bird just released from a box in a competition. The Pennsylvania Game Commission has opined that a narrowly tailored ban, as provided for in this legislation, on live pigeon shoots will not affect any legal hunting activities in Pennsylvania. Pigeon shoots are not genuine “sportsmen” events and there is nothing sporting about close range shooting of mechanically launched dazed, weakened and disoriented birds.

WHAT ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORT AN END TO LIVE PIGEON SHOOTS? Humane PA; The Pennsylvania Bar Association; The Humane Society of the United States; Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association; ASPCA; Pennsylvania Council of Churches; Pennsylvania Federation of Humane Societies; Humane Society of Berks County (where most shoots are held) as well as shelters, humane societies and animal organizations in the state.

WHAT IS THE STATUS OF LEGISLATION? SB 510 has been introduced by Senator Browne and cosponsored by senators Pileggi, Costa, Williams, Greenleaf, Leach, Erickson, Dinniman, Alloway, Ferlo, Solobay, Fontana, Blake, Boscola, Washington, Kitchen, Tartaglione, Smith, Wiley, Teplitz, Farnese, Hughes and Stack.

For 25 years, this bill has not received a vote as a free-standing bill. It is long past time for the Pennsylvania legislature to end this backwards and cruel practice that has more in common with cockfighting and dogfighting than with hunting.  This bill deserves a vote.


Send a letter to the editor of your local paper about live pigeon shoots.  Find sample letters here as well as a list of Pennsylvania Newspapers.

Please contact your state legislators to ask them to not only support, SB 510 to end these pitiless contests, but ask them to push their leadership to run this bill for a vote. Please ALSO contact Senator Pileggi to ask him to run the bill for a vote.

Recent media:

2014 Editorials in support of ending live pigeon shoots

NPR: Fair Or Foul? Pigeon Shoots Ruffle Feathers In Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Inquirer: Game show icon Bob Barker releases video plea to stop pigeon shoots
Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial: Caged birds aren’t singing to be targets

Times-Tribune Opinion: End cruelty

27 Responses to Support HB 1750 or SB 510 to End Barbaric Live Pigeon Shoots

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  4. Gail says:

    I have been calling and pleading for years for this to stop.There is somthing seriously wrong with this governement if something like this exist in our world.Stop this Pigeon Shoot Now

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  8. adam says:

    This is disgusting. There is certainly nothing sporting about this. There is a special place in hell for those involved. This includes the politicians allowing this to happen.

  9. Humane PA says:

    Thanks Adam – I will never, ever understand the reluctance of the legislature and some legislators do address this. If you are in PA – please contact your state legislators to let them know that you want live pigeon shoots stopped.

  10. Josie villari says:

    Please stop this , no living thing should ever be subjected to this so called sport .

  11. I live in Chester, VA. Can I sign a petition showing my feelings about this inhumane act that the PA government seems to accept ….if they didn’t they would have already voted to outlaw it……

  12. Humane PA says:

    Thanks for sharing this Urban Wildlife Society. Heartbreaking, It is unfathomable that the PA legislature has refused to deal with this.

  13. Mary Peck says:

    Never thought I’d see something worse than in my State, Alabama, but this pretty well takes the cake.

  14. Matt says:

    I am a gun enthusiast and love target shooting. But this is nothing but cruelty to animals
    By sick individuals. These people make all gun owners appear to be heartless idiots.
    Anyone who would find pleasure in the pain and torture of defenseless animals for so called sport will Answer someday for their actions. I have no problem with someone hunting to feed their family
    But I have a real problem with this live pigeon shooting for fun.

  15. Humane PA says:

    Thanks Matt! We need more gun enthusiasts like you to speak out! There are still many PA legislators who are so afraid of the gun vote, that they avoid voting on this bill. Nothing could be further from the truth. Most gun owners and hunters would never participate in these backwards and cruel contests.

  16. Matt says:

    I have been a member of the NRA for many years. When I found out about this I emailed the
    NRA and asked them if they support live pigeon shooting for fun. I let them know I would no longer
    Support them if they do. Haven’t heard back yet but I will stay on this and pass the word to others.
    You are right, to defeat a small group of gun owners doing the wrong thing you need a large group
    Of gun owners to STAND UP! I know lots of gun owners but none who would think this practice
    Is ethical or acceptable.

  17. Humane PA says:

    Thanks so much for staying on this Matt! The NRA does actively fight legislation to end live pigeon shoots it and has sent many action alerts out. If you Google nra-ila and pigeon shoot you can see the alerts. You are right – most hunters would oppose this.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I think China has showen you yanks how to do it. If your officials miss behave deal with them.

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  20. Mrs. Jane Rita says:


  21. Heidi Tulish says:

    Please stop live pigeon shoots . It’s totally inhumane.

  22. Humane PA says:

    We certainly are trying! Have you called your legislators?

  23. Gina Dambrosio says:

    Senseless, inhumane acts like this need to stop. We need to respect and preserve all life and teach our children the value of all creatures!

  24. Humane PA says:

    We sure do! Please contact your state senator to ask for their help ending live pigeon shoots! Support HB 1750!

  25. Owlcaller says:

    CLAY “pigeons” don’t become confused and disoriented. To the shooters: At least give yourself something to brag about – a competitive target.

  26. Jessica Isabel says:


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