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Animal rights activists seek to stop Pennsylvania tradition of live pigeon shooting

Pennsylvania animal rights activists are pushing to end the decades-old tradition of live pigeon shooting.

At the events shooters compete to blast birds as they're launched into the air.

'They flutter up in the air as they are sprung from boxes,' said pigeon-shooting opponent Elissa Katz. 'Shooters have shotguns, they are at fairly close range, and they blast away at the birds.'

Katz told NPR she was overcome by a feeling of helplessness at a pigeon shoots as she watched the wounded birds fall from the sky.

She's now advocating for lawmakers to stop the practice, and even helps rescue wounded birds.

Katz is the president of Humane PA, a political action committee.

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