Following are 4 sample letters you can send to your state senator and representative in support of SB 510. Please feel free to edit and thanks for your help!
For 25 years, bills to end the horrifying and cruel practice of live pigeon shoots have been avoided in Pennsylvania. Live pigeon shoots are cruel, archaic contests that have no place in a civilized society, and recent polls show that the majority of Pennsylvanians oppose these cruel contests. Please do whatever you can to help Senator Pat Browne pass SB 510. It is long past time to end this barbarism. Thank you and please let me know how you will be following up on this request.
As your constituent, I am writing about a matter of concern to me and thousands of other Pennsylvanians. As you know, Senate Bill 510, sponsored by Sen. Pat Browne, would ban live pigeon shoots. Pigeon shoots are a cruel and heartless bloodbath that have nothing to do with “sport” or “hunting.” The majority of Pennsylvanians abhor cruelty — yet it continues to this day because of a tiny minority of special interests.
I ask that you take a few moments to click on the following link and watch an appeal that was made recently in an effort to end the pigeon shooting bloodsport once and for all. In this appeal, you will see first-hand what really happens at these events . After viewing the video, I also request that you let me know whether you will agree to help move SB 510 forward, and how you will vote on the bill once it is up for a vote. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfPHvSJLuPc
I am confident that after viewing this video, you will agree that this barbarism has no place in a civilized society. I deeply appreciate your attention to this very important matter, and look forward to your reply and working with you to end this travesty now.
I was disturbed to recently learn about the horrific details of what takes place at live pigeon shoots. It is an embarrassment to our state and our legislators need to step in and stop this cruel practice.
As many as 1,000 pigeons are used during a one-day shoot. Many of the birds are shipped from out-of-state and must endure harsh travel conditions just to make it to the shoot alive. The surviving birds are released a mere 30 yards from shooters where the majority (70%) are only wounded and not killed outright. Some of the injured birds manage to make it to the nearest tree limb, but can suffer for days before dying; others fall to the ground where their heads are snipped off with garden shears, or, sometimes, tossed into trash bags to suffocate with the dead ones.
I fail to see how anyone, in particular a state legislator, could possibly support this activity. A bill to stop pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania long overdue. Please ask Senate leadership to vote on this bill.
To use live pigeons as target practice in a contest is to blatantly disregard the worth of that creature. And, a society that sanctions events that causes animals to suffer and die needlessly, is a society that denies the inherent dignity of living creatures. Most hunters would argue that they hunt for food, not simply to kill for the fun of it. To say that we can do whatever we want with animals, just because we can, is to lack mercy, compassion and boundaries. Any civil society must draw lines on what is morally justifiable to do to animals and what is not. Using living creatures as nothing more that living targets in a contest seems a good place to draw that line. Please support SB 510.
Please support and help encourage senate and house leadership to end live pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania. I would like to draw your attention to a recent poll in Pennsylvania about public attitudes to end this cruelty. It is long past time to address these cruel contests.