Yesterday, I was in Harrisburg advocating for the enactment of H.B. 1750, which would ban the eating of dogs and cats and end live pigeon shoots. I was joined by lawmakers from both parties and by representatives of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, Federated Humane Societies of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania SPCA, the Women's Humane Society, Humane PA and other organizations.
The ban on eating companion animals doesn't seem particularly controversial, but, at least in the capitol, the idea of banning pigeon shoots has its detractors.
You'd hardly know it's controversial, though, from talking to average Pennsylvanians or reading the major papers in the state, all of which condemn the shoot:
"Pigeon shoots are not hunting; they are slaughter, and they should be outlawed," wrote the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Friday.
"It's overdue. So inexplicably overdue," wrote the Lebanon Daily News in July.
"Live pigeon shoots are not a sport – it's a stain on Pennsylvania," the Carlise Sentinel opined in August.