On December 30, 2015, SHARK documented and rescued birds at a canned hunt held in Pennsylvania, where cage-raised birds were hand-thrown into the air and shot for fun. Three different types of birds were used for this slaughter; pheasants, pigeons and chukars. We had access to an adjoining property and were just a few yards away from one of the shooting stations, where we filmed the horrors that unfolded. Watch the video below:
Pigeon shoots are vile competitions where thousands of birds are shot, killed or suffer terrible wounds and crippling pain.
Mike Turzai, Majority Leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, was given a large donation from a political action committee (PAC) three days before a bill that PAC was against was supposed to be voted on. Mr. Turzai then used his power to fulfill the wishes of that PAC; the legislation was not voted on and it died.
We contend that this exchange of money for legislative action violated section §1103 (c) of the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act. On November 12, 2014 SHARK President Steve Hindi Filed an Ethics Complaint. Read more below:
Representative Mike Turzai took $3,000 in cash from the pigeon shooters immediately before he goes back on his promise to let the pigeon shoot bill come up for a vote. $17,000 went to other legislators to make sure the bill didn't come up for a vote. Read the entire stunning article here.
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Legislation to ban cruel live pigeon shoots has overwhelming support amongst the people of Pennsylvania. The State Senate voted 36-12 to ban the shoots. Governor Tom Corbett said he would sign it. The bill, HB 1750, was supposed to be voted on in the Pennsylvania State House on Monday October 20th. Even the Pennsylvania House Republicans Tweeted that the bill would get a vote that day, but do to last minute lobbying by the NRA, House Majority leader Mike Turzai pulled the bill.
After an historic vote in the Pennsylvania Senate to ban horrific live pigeon shoots, and Governor Tom Corbett's announcement he would sign the bill into law, the decades long battle to end these vicious and cruel slaughters – where pigeons are used as living targets and shot at for fun – the end was in sight.
And yet it did not happen. Why? Because House Majority Leader Mike Turzai betrayed the people of Pennsylvania and refused to allow the bill to be voted on.
October 17, 2014
In history-making action Wednesday the Pennsylvania Senate voted overwhelmingly to end live pigeon shoots.
The passage of House Bill 1750 was not the final vote, but it represented a milestone in the history of animal welfare in the Commonwealth.
It was the first time the upper chamber of the General Assembly ever voted on a pigeon bill and the first time in 20 years a full floor vote on pigeon shoot legislation was held.
Gov. Corbett, through a spokesman, told The Inquirer Thursday he will sign the bill if it clears the House on its final voting day on Monday.
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When Pennsylvania legislators return to work on September 15, one of the bills that could come up for a vote would ban PA’s infamous live pigeon shoots. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is predictably working very hard to keep that bill from coming to a vote.
As this update is being sent out, SHARK investigator Stu Chaifetz is holding a press conference at the state Capitol building in Harrisburg. Stu will show reporters the 30 second television ad exposing the horror of these killing contests.The ad features game show host legend Bob Barker speaking out against the cruelty of pigeon shoots, while graphic images of the killing contests are shown. You can view the ad for yourself here:
HARRISBURG, PA – A new statewide television commercial – narrated by legendary game show host Bob Barker and graphically showing gross animal cruelty at Pennsylvania pigeon shoots – will be unveiled here Tuesday. It's expected to air on CNN, FoxNews and other networks this week.
The news conference to preview the commercial and details of the campaign will be held TUESDAY/SEPT. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the State Capitol Rotunda.