Support HB 1750 – to End 2 Shockingly Cruel Forms of Animal Abuse

Pennsylvania animal lovers – we need everyone who cares about animals in Pennsylvania to take action or this bill will not pass in the few remaining days the legislature will be in session in the fall. Action needed listed at the end of this alert and please join PA State-wide Call In Day on September 22 too!

What is HB 1750?

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There currently  is no prohibition in Pennsylvania for raising dogs and cats for human consumption.  Without HB 1750 there is nothing law enforcement can do when suspected cases are reported.  HB 1750, introduced by Representative John Maher,  will ban the raising, slaughter, processing, and offering of dogs and cats for human consumption.

Has HB 1750 been amended?

Yes. HB 1750 passed the House of Representatives unanimously and was then amended in the Senate Judiciary Committee to also ban the mechanical launching or tethering of live birds, dogs, and cats for trap shoot or block shoots.

This amendment:

  1. Prohibits dogs and cats and other animals from being mechanically launched or tethered for trap or block shoots.  In instances where those who torture animals as sadistic forms of entertainment, such as tethering dogs or cats or any animal to be shot, this will make it explicitly illegal to do so.  It will also finally put an end to Pennsylvania’s live pigeon shoots, horrific contests where live birds are launched before awaiting shooters, to be wounded or killed for money and prizes.
  2. Will not affect any legal hunting practices in Pennsylvania.   All activities permitted under Title 34 (Game Code) and Title 59 (special permits) are exempt and protected meaning that there will be no impact whatsoever on legitimate hunting in Pennsylvania.

Where is HB 1750 now?

HB 1750 passed Senate Judiciary Committee on June 26, second consideration on June 27th.  It is on the Senate calendar awaiting final consideration in the Senate. If HB 1750 is approved by the Senate, it must go back to the House of Representatives for a concurrence vote. This means that the House must approve the amendments to the bill that were made in the Senate.

This sounds like a slam-dunk, common-sense bill.  Is there opposition?

Sadly, the extremist arm of the NRA has come out full force despite the fact that most hunters in Pennsylvania would never condone launching animals from traps in front of awaiting shooters, nor would they want resources wasted keeping the consumption of dogs and cats legal in Pennsylvania.  The best argument they can come up with is that it is a slippery slope leading to the demise of hunting in PA.  We hope the Pennsylvania legislators are smart enough to see through that ridiculous premise and are courageous enough to vote for what is right.

What can you do?

First, please contact your own state senator and state representative to ask them to vote yes AND help make sure HB 1750 receives a vote when the legislature returns this fall.  It is as easy as saying “please support and vote in favor of HB 1750, including the amendment to stop contests where live animals are shot!”  You can find Senate e-mail addresses here, and House e-mail addresses here, or contact them through their websites.

Second, thanking the senators who were integral to moving this important bill, including the amendment to stop live launched animal shoots, is also important since opposition is targeting them. Please send an e-mail thanking the following Senators for their actions leading the way on HB 1750 either by sending an email or clicking on their name and sending a message through their web-site: Senators Stewart  Greenleaf;  Pat Browne;  Richard Alloway II and Dominic Pileggi. You can also thank them on their Facebook pages.  It is as simple as saying something like “Thank you for your leadership ending two horrifying cruelties in Pennsylvania. We look forward to passing this bill into law this fall.”

Third, Representative John Maher, the author and prime sponsor of HB 1750 deserves a huge thank you too.

Third, after you call your Senator, please also call your Representative.  Call and e-mail both your Senator and Representative and simply ask them to “please support and vote in favor of HB 1750, including the amendment to stop contests where live animals are shot!” You can find Senate e-mail addresses here, and House e-mail addresses here, or contact them through their websites.

You can also make a true impact by meeting with your legislator in the district when they can meet with you at a more leisurely pace than in Harrisburg. Check out our fact sheet with great tips on meeting with your legislator.

This bill will only pass if animal lovers in Pennsylvania step up the pressure to equal or surpass the extremist opposition.  We thank all of you who are stepping up to the plate to make that happen!