Submitting a letter to the editor of your local paper is a great way to bring more attention to an issue, as well as to pressure your legislators to support a bill. Check out our fact sheet for tips as well as contact information for most Pennsylvania newspapers opinion pages.
Below are sample letters to help bring attention to the lack of action on the bill to end cruel live pigeon shoots. Please feel free to use any language and/or edit to your own words and thank you!
1. Dear Editor, If there is one thing to be said about Pennsylvanians, it is that we abhor animal cruelty. And this is exactly why we overwhelmingly disapprove of live pigeon shoots taking place in our state — A recent poll shows that 75% of Pennsylvanians support a ban on live pigeon shoots.
In live pigeon shoots, thousands of real pigeons are turned into targets and left to suffer on the ground. The goal of the “contest” is to kill as many birds as possible, oftentimes thousands of birds in a single round. A live pigeon shoot is not hunting, and it serves no justifiable purpose – It is just blatant animal cruelty.
Live pigeon shoots are an outright embarrassment to Pennsylvania. It’s time to shut down this cruel practice once and for all in Pennsylvania. I urge our state legislators to do what is right and pass common-sense legislation to end cruel pigeon shoots.
2. Dear Editor,
Every now and then I see that the issue of live pigeon shoots pops up in the news, and most recently it came up that the majority of Pennsylvanians oppose this cruelty. I don’t understand why someone thinks it’s a good idea to release hundreds of live pigeons throughout the course of a day just to see which shooter can kill the most of them.
I went online and learned that even Mississippi bans live pigeon shoots. No offense to Mississippi, but it is shameful we have fallen behind every other state on such a basic issue. Surely we can all agree that clubs holding these shoots should be required to use clay pigeons instead of live birds. The Pennsylvania General Assembly needs to act on this issue sooner rather than later.
3. To the Editor:
As 2013 comes to a close I can think of a few issues that haven’t been settled in Harrisburg. Chief among them for anyone that cares about animals is Pennsylvania’s shame, the live pigeon shoot. Ours is the only state where these horrific events are still openly held.
I am all for competitive target shooting. But shooters don’t need to use live animals in these competitions. Leave the birds alone. I hope our state legislators will give the birds a nice Christmas present and outlaw live pigeon shoots.
I was heartened this year when a record number of 22 Pennsylvania Senators agreed to co-sponsor legislation to end the horrifying and cruel practice of live pigeon shoots. Unfortunately as the session continues, the bill has yet to move forward. I am deeply troubled by the apparent lack of progress and attention given the support provided early-on.
5. Most hunters know that shooting a bird that is merely launched to be killed and discarded is not hunting, and would never participate in a live pigeon shoot contest. Most importantly, rather than mercifully being given a quick death, the majority of the birds are injured when shot and are either left to suffer slow deaths or collected and killed by pigeon shoot “trapper boys” or “wringers,” who break their necks, step on them, or snip their heads off with garden shears. It is beyond comprehension that our Legislators would not immediately put an end this cruel practice and embarrassment to the Commonwealth.
6. Dear Editor,
Senator Pat Browne introduced a bill that would ban live pigeon and tethered turkey shoots – SB 510. This legislation is long overdue, as this legislation has gone unaddressed for decades. Pigeons are trapped, launched, shot at close range and, in many cases, left to suffer before finally dying. Despite years of legislative efforts, these abhorrent practices have continued, supported by extremist lobbyists – who call these senseless shoots “traditions,” “legitimate” and “sporting.” The execution of helpless animals for contests and profit is neither legitimate nor sporting. It may be a tradition, but that is no excuse to continue backwards and cruel contests. How many other outdated traditions have lawmakers thankfully ended, like cock fighting and dog fighting?
7. To the Editor:
There is currently a bill languishing in the state Senate – SB 510, that would ban cruel live pigeon shoot contests. Opponents of the bill try to spin to claim that it is the first step to end hunting. Ridiculous. No hunters I know blast away at captive birds launched one at a time in front of their shotguns. Pigeon shoots are animal cruelty. The majority of Pennsylvanian voters who were polled support an end to live pigeon shoots. It is time for the Pennsylvania legislature to act and end these horrifying contests.
8. Dear Editor, Shooting captive launched pigeons one at a time at almost point blank range for a contest is not a sport. It’s a senseless blood spectacle, endorsed by barbaric and cowardly individuals. Cruel to the birds, coarsening to the participants, and degrading to the spectators, live pigeon shoots are an embarrassment to Pennsylvania. They should have been banned decades ago. What on earth could our legislators have been thinking to let them go on this long? It is time to pass legislation to end live pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania.