Helping Animals on Election Day

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Humane USA PA PAC invitation

It’s a party for the animals—or at least people who support animals in Pennsylvania!

We all help animals every day by volunteering and donating to shelters, rescuing and fostering animals in need, and encouraging humane treatment of animals whenever the opportunity arises, as well as simply taking good care of the animals who share our lives.

But sometimes we are limited by what our laws actually say is humane, what is defined as a companion animal and what is livestock, and how individuals can treat the animals in their care.

You can help to strengthen the laws that govern humane treatment of animals in your city, county or state by supporting candidates who are animal-friendly.

Right now in Pennsylvania, puppy mills are a huge issue with legislation jumping back and forth as individuals and breeder interests revise the bill that outlines requirements for breeding facilities.

The horrible annual live pigeon shoot is at issue as well, where humane organizations have been trying to ban this cruel “tradition” of releasing live pigeons from cages in front of “hunters” with guns blazing.

Pennsylvania’s leading industry is agriculture, so our state legislators also decide on humane treatment of farm animals.

Then there are tethering laws, breed bans, dog fighting, shelter euthanasia practices, and many more issues that you can influence by finding the legislators who support the causes and opinions you do.

In Pennsylvania, the non-partisan Humane USA PA Political Action Committee helps to sort out the issues and support candidates who are animal-friendly. On their website, you can find links to the issues mentioned above and find the legislation that might influence the issues one way or the other, plus find information on candidates who sponsor and support humane legislation.

The event in Pittsburgh

If you’re in Pittsburgh, consider attending this event at Max’s Allegheny Tavern on Friday, October 8 where your ticket supports the PAC’s efforts to support animal-friendly candidates, plus you can meet other like-minded people and meet a few legislators who have made a difference with their votes. Visit the Humane USA site to read more or RSVP to clgrimme@gmail.com. You can also RSVP at Humane USA’s Facebook page for the event.

Share the link or find similar organizations in your state

Please pass the information along to others as well. If you’re not local, perhaps your state also has a PAC who can help you find information about the issues and the candidates who support humane treatment of all animals.

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Take Action to End Decades of Needless Cruelty

Do you know that in Pennsylvania it’s not only legal but considered a sport to release tame pigeons to be shot as soon as they fly out of their cages? This is “sport”. I know plenty of hunters who would sooner be shot themselves than to needlessly shoot any tame animal shot just for marksmanship. A ban on this practice was NOT passed last year, so this shoot will go on again this fall. The Humane USA PA PAC urges you to contact your representative with your opposition using the link included in the article below. If you’re not in Pennsylvania, contact any animal lover you know in Pennsylvania and tell them to get to it. Photo courtesy Humane USA PA PAC on Facebook

by Humane USA PA PAC on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 7:23am

Labor Day marks the beginning of pigeon shoot season in Pennsylvania. Because the legislature again has not acted yet again, tens of thousands of birds will suffer this fall and winter. These cruel contests have to end – the animal suffering from just one shoot is pathetic and these shoots go on at least twice a month!

Currently there is legislation that would put an end to live pigeon shoots in the last state where they are openly practiced – Pennsylvania legislators need to continue to hear from constituents! The Judiciary Committee has not released the bill, so compassionate legislators are working to amend it.

Please take a moment to email your state representative and state senator to urge support and a vote for legislation or ammendments that would end live pigeon shoots, and stop the use of animals launched from traps or tethered for target practice. We’ve made it easy for you by linking to an alert – just click here

If you do not know what a ‘live pigeon shoot’ entails:

  • Live pigeons are released from boxes called “traps” to be shot from 30 yards away
  • Five traps are lined up in front of the competitor
  • Sometimes electrified to make the tame birds fly, the traps pop open one at a time in a random sequence.
  • The shooter gets points for each shot bird who lands within a large ring. After each round, participants – sometimes children – collect wounded and dead animals.
  • If the suffering pigeon is still alive, the collector will sometimes cut the birds head off with gardening shears, snap the animal’s head off or slam her against the ground before tossing the animal into a barrel full of dead and dying pigeons.
  • Often, wounded birds make it outside the ring to the surrounding area and suffer for days before succumbing to their injuries

The only shoots known to occur regularly are in Pennsylvania. Time is running out, and we need your help to finally pass this bill.  Thank you.